Apple pops pre-market after Merrill Lynch issues Buy
CNBC has the goods.
“AAPL stock is down 26% from its peak (S&P down 9%) and up 9% YTD (inline with S&P 500 and below the S15INFT of 13%). Our scenario analysis suggests that shares are discounting a “declining hardware” scenario (ex-cash, services), and the debate hinges on the L/T trajectory. In our opinion, weakness in hardware is not entirely structural. Our new PO of $210 is based on assumptions closer to scenario 2 (flat hardware, and somewhat slower than historical growth in Services).”
Mohan, who made a prescient downgrade of the stock at the start of November, listed in the note eight other reasons why Apple is a buy here including “stability of supply chain order cuts” and “growth across healthcare, wearables and increasing services penetration.”
Upgrades to Buy from Neutral, raises price target to $210 from $180.
My take: This could signal the start of a new round of upgrades. Waiting to get my hands on the note.