why Apple Inc. [AAPL] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $183.94

Apple Inc. [NASDAQ: AAPL] traded at a low on 08/19/22, posting a -1.51 loss after which it closed the day’ session at $171.52. The company report on July 28, 2022 that Apple Reports Third Quarter Results.

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iPhone and Services drive June quarter record revenue.

Active installed base of devices reaches all-time high for all major product categories.

The results of the trading session contributed to over 69779033 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of Apple Inc. stands at 1.38% while the volatility over the past one month is 1.87%.

The market cap for AAPL stock reached $2798.72 billion, with 16.16 billion shares outstanding and 16.06 billion shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 78.78M shares, AAPL reached a trading volume of 69779033 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about Apple Inc. [AAPL]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for AAPL shares is $183.94 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on AAPL stock is a recommendation set at 1.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Credit Suisse have made an estimate for Apple Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on August 17, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Itau BBA raised their target price to Underperform. The new note on the price target was released on July 26, 2022, representing the official price target for Apple Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $205 to $185, while Wells Fargo kept a Overweight rating on AAPL stock. On July 20, 2022, analysts decreased their price target for AAPL shares from 185 to 180.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Apple Inc. is set at 3.34, with the Price to Sales ratio for AAPL stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 7.22. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 47.64, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.96. Price to Free Cash Flow for AAPL in the course of the last twelve months was 30.16 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.80.

How has AAPL stock performed recently?

Apple Inc. [AAPL] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.34. With this latest performance, AAPL shares gained by 10.41% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 1.56% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 16.92% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for AAPL stock in for the last two-week period is set at 67.48, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 66.02, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 65.31 for Apple Inc. [AAPL]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 151.32, while it was recorded at 173.29 for the last single week of trading, and 160.46 for the last 200 days.

Apple Inc. [AAPL]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Apple Inc. [AAPL] shares currently have an operating margin of +29.78 and a Gross Margin at +41.78. Apple Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +25.88.

Return on Total Capital for AAPL is now 56.27, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 53.36. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 147.44, with Return on Assets sitting at 28.06. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Apple Inc. [AAPL] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 216.39. Additionally, AAPL Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 68.39, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 38.89. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 189.22, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 59.81.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Apple Inc. [AAPL] managed to generate an average of $614,805 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 8.23 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 1.08.Apple Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.80 and a Current Ratio set at 0.90.

Earnings analysis for Apple Inc. [AAPL]

The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for AAPL. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Apple Inc. go to 9.48%.

Insider trade positions for Apple Inc. [AAPL]

There are presently around $1,614,488 million, or 59.80% of AAPL stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AAPL stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 1,277,319,054, which is approximately 0.577% of the company’s market cap and around 0.07% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 1,028,688,317 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $176.44 billion in AAPL stocks shares; and BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC, currently with $153.48 billion in AAPL stock with ownership of nearly 0.435% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Apple Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 1,849 institutional holders increased their position in Apple Inc. [NASDAQ:AAPL] by around 205,566,874 shares. Additionally, 2,328 investors decreased positions by around 270,780,840 shares, while 276 investors held positions by with 8,936,480,592 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 9,412,828,306 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AAPL stock had 110 new institutional investments in for a total of 27,673,096 shares, while 106 institutional investors sold positions of 23,389,035 shares during the same period.


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