The stock of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a huge mover today! The stock is up 0.24% or $0.25 after the news, hitting $104.83 per share. About 1.83 million shares traded hands. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has declined 12.65% since August 10, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 8.45% the S&P500. The move comes after 5 months negative chart setup for the $592.92 billion company. It was reported on Mar, 16 by Barchart.com. We have $95.40 PT which if reached, will make NASDAQ:AAPL worth $53.36 billion less.
Analysts await Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to reports earnings on April, 25. They expect $2.01 EPS, down 13.73% or $0.32 from last year’s $2.33 per share. AAPL’s profit will be $11.37 billion for 13.04 P/E if the $2.01 EPS becomes reality. After $3.28 actual EPS reported by Apple Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -38.72% negative EPS growth.
Out of 39 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), 39 rate it “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 9 “Hold”. This means 81% are positive. Apple Inc. was the topic in 122 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. CLSA maintained the stock on March 10 with “Buy” rating. FBR Capital maintained the shares of AAPL in a report on February 12 with “Outperform” rating.
According to Zacks Investment Research, “Apple Inc. is engaged in designing, manufacturing and marketing mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players. The Company’s products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and Mac OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a range of accessory, service and support offerings. It sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers. Apple Inc. is headquartered in Cupertino, California.”
The institutional sentiment increased to 1.18 in Q3 2015. Its up 0.22, from 0.96 in 2015Q2. The ratio is positive, as 103 funds sold all Apple Inc. shares owned while 854 reduced positions. 102 funds bought stakes while 1032 increased positions. They now own 3.20 billion shares or 1.58% less from 3.25 billion shares in 2015Q2.
Compton Capital Management Inc Ri holds 45.15% of its portfolio in Apple Inc. for 113,694 shares. Raiff Partners Inc owns 100,000 shares or 32.27% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Rfg Advisory Group Llc has 25.06% invested in the company for 70,558 shares. The New York-based Independent Investors Inc has invested 23.66% in the stock. Dock Street Asset Management Inc, a Connecticut-based fund reported 269,584 shares.
Since March 6, 2015, the stock had 0 buys, and 4 selling transactions for $6.73 million net activity. Maestri Luca sold 2,908 shares worth $325,347. Williams Jeffrey E sold 46,873 shares worth $5.18M. Riccio Daniel J. sold 24,085 shares worth $3.01M. Ahrendts Angela J sold 44,789 shares worth $5.90 million. The insider Levinson Arthur D sold 70,000 shares worth $9.20 million.
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