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Apple on course for $1 trillion valuation: analysts

Apple on course for $1 trillion valuation: analysts

NEW YORK: Apple Inc’s shares hit a record-high on Friday after the tech giant reported a blowout fourth quarter and shrugged off concerns related to the iPhone X, prompting more analysts to put a trillion-dollar valuation on the company.

The stock rose as much as 3.7 per cent to $174.26, briefly breaching $900 billion in market value, amid declines in the broader market. The gains added nearly $32bn to the company’s market capitalization.

The Cupertino, California-based company also forecast a strong holiday quarter ahead, which will include the iPhone X that started selling on Nov 3.




“We see iPhone X unlocking pent-up iPhone upgrades, especially in China, driving more than 20 per cent iPhone unit growth and a revenue and earnings beat in 2018,” analyst Katy Huberty on Morgan Stanley said.

The glass-and-steel $999 phone appeared to have brought back the frenzy associated with iPhone launches – long lines formed outside Apple stores in Asia as fans flocked to buy the new phone.

The company will make 30 million iPhone X units during the current quarter, Nomura Instinet analysts estimated, allaying production worries related to the phone.

Apple said on Thursday it expects first-quarter revenue of $84bn to $87bn, at the high end of analysts average expectations of $84.18bn, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

“We and many others had feared that guidance could be weaker, reflecting only 9 weeks of the flagship iPhone X and limitations on supply,” Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi said.

At least 13 brokerages raised their price targets on the stock, with Citigroup making the most bullish move by raising its price target by $30 to $200.

Published in Dawn, November 4th, 2017

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