Sometimes when a stock becomes a long-term winner, it becomes almost fashionable on Wall Street to be the company or analyst that doesn’t like the stock. In other words, there is some addition by subtraction in going the opposite way. In a new report from JPMorgan, they do just the opposite and have two tech stock giants to buy now.
While the markets may very well remain choppy, and the volatility index, or VIX, that hung in the low teens for seemingly years is poised to stay at heightened levels, perhaps in the 20s, the JPMorgan team continues to be very bullish on a mega-cap tech behemoth and a fast-rising star. Both are rated Overweight.
This company remains the world’s biggest and boldest technology company. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has continually stayed in the limelight, and this week was no different as the Silicon Valley titan came out with a tons of new products for the Apple nation to embrace. In what is becoming a new trend, many of the bullish analysts on the stock yawned at the new offerings, saying that it was really “no big deal.”
The JPMorgan team was anything but bored as they applauded a wide array of new products that the analyst feels can deliver about 3.1% of the firm’s estimated current year 2016 earnings estimates. They also noted that the new iPhone payment plan that was rolled out with the introduction of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can become a recurring revenue stream for the company.
The analysts also highlighted the iPad Pro with a new 12.9″ screen, which could pose a challenge to the Microsoft Surface tablet. This in tandem with the Apple Pencil and the physical smart keyboard rolled out for the iPad Pro is another in a string of new products that can generate new revenues for the company.
Lastly, an updated Apple TV was introduced, along with the Apple TV App store. This is Apple making a big bid to be part of the switch by many consumers to streaming media and detaching from huge bundled programming, much of which they have to pay for but have zero interest in. The new Apple TV hardware with the A8 chip in it is priced at $149 for a 32 GB version and $199 for the 64 GB version. The analysts feel that the higher pricing for the hardware, and the gaming apps that will be available, will continue to deliver earnings increases.
The bottom line is JPMorgan stands solidly behind Apple. Apple investors are paid a 1.85% dividend. The JPMorgan price target for the stock is $145. The Thomson/First Call consensus price target is $145.18. The stock closed Thursday at $112.57.