Wells Fargo & Co Raises Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Price Target to $245.00

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) had its price objective hoisted by Wells Fargo & Co from $215.00 to $245.00 in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, October 31st, The Fly reports. The firm presently has a “market perform” rating on the iPhone maker’s stock. Wells Fargo & Co‘s target price would suggest a potential downside of 5.82% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other brokerages also recently issued reports on AAPL. Macquarie set a $210.00 target price on Apple and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 10th. Rosenblatt Securities set a $150.00 price objective on Apple and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, September 13th. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $165.00 price objective on shares of Apple in a research note on Monday, October 28th. ValuEngine downgraded Apple from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 7th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC lifted their price objective on Apple to $280.00 and gave the stock an “average” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 31st. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have assigned a hold rating, twenty-three have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Apple presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $239.51.

AAPL traded up $0.71 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $260.14. The stock had a trading volume of 17,496,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 28,496,354. The business has a fifty day moving average of $235.37 and a 200 day moving average of $209.53. The company has a market cap of $1,142.50 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.88, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.25. Apple has a 1 year low of $142.00 and a 1 year high of $260.44. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 1.50 and a current ratio of 1.54.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 30th. The iPhone maker reported $3.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.84 by $0.19. The company had revenue of $64.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $62.86 billion. Apple had a return on equity of 53.82% and a net margin of 21.24%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $2.91 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Apple will post 13.17 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, SVP Deirdre O’brien sold 12,459 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $234.04, for a total transaction of $2,915,904.36. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 57,819 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,531,958.76. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Arthur D. Levinson sold 37,394 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $257.79, for a total value of $9,639,799.26. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,170,677 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $301,788,823.83. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 465,658 shares of company stock valued at $100,549,205. 0.05% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Avondale Wealth Management increased its holdings in shares of Apple by 25.4% in the second quarter. Avondale Wealth Management now owns 316 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $63,000 after purchasing an additional 64 shares during the period. NuWave Investment Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Apple by 2,245.0% in the second quarter. NuWave Investment Management LLC now owns 469 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $93,000 after purchasing an additional 449 shares during the period. Kahn Brothers Group Inc. DE acquired a new position in shares of Apple in the third quarter valued at about $112,000. Horan Securities Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Apple by 64.2% in the second quarter. Horan Securities Inc. now owns 565 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $112,000 after purchasing an additional 221 shares during the period. Finally, Fulcrum Equity Management acquired a new position in shares of Apple in the third quarter valued at about $135,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 58.61% of the company’s stock.

Apple Company Profile

Apple Inc designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, and personal computers. It also sells various related software, services, accessories, and third-party digital content and applications. The company offers iPhone, a line of smartphones; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets; and Mac, a line of desktop and portable personal computers, as well as iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS operating systems.

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