Fidelity Management & Research Co recently announced the acquisition of new stake in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Technology company by 1.64% to 312.04 million shares with purchase of 5.04 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 1.96% valued currently at $47.85 billion. In addition, Geode Capital Management LLC raised its holdings by 1.5 million to 279.76 million shares.
With over 74.48 million Apple Inc. (AAPL) shares trading Friday and a closing price of $151.29 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $11.27 billion. The shares have shown a positive half year performance of 9.96% and its price on 11/18/22 gained nearly 0.38%. Currently, there are 16.03B common shares owned by the public and among those 15.90B shares have been available to trade.
An analysis of what Wall Street brokers have to say about the expected price targets for this stock gives us this picture: 42 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for AAPL have a consensus price objective of $175.30. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $200.00 and a low of $122.00. The average price target is 15.08% above its recent price level and a downside to the estimated low will see the stock lose -24.01% over that period. But an upside of 24.36% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $176.00.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 73 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 21 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 2,158,990 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 52 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 2,038,354 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in Apple Inc. are Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, Vanguard 500 Index Fund, and SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index owns 458.17 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $70.26 billion. The company bought an additional 2.32 million shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 2.88% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard 500 Index Fund bought 3.35 million shares to see its total holdings expand to 345.66 million shares valued at over $53.0 billion and representing 2.17% of the shares outstanding. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust sold -1.78 million shares to bring its total holdings to over 170.02 million shares at a value of $26.07 billion. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust now owns shares totaling to 1.07% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) opened at $152.305, up $1.59 from a prior closing price of $150.72. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 1.06% and -9.72% over the past three months. AAPL shares are trading -14.80% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -4.17% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $129.04 and touched a high of $182.94 over the same period. AAPL has an average intraday trading volume of 89.44 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 3.17%, 2.78%, and -2.51% respectively.
Institutional ownership of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares accounts for 60.10% of the company’s 16.03B shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 29.24%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 30.51% and 0.35% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $2397.67B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.25. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 24.79, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $6.10. The company has a PEG of 2.79 and a Quick Ratio of 0.80 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 2.37. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 2.51% over the week and 3.39% over the month.
Analysts forecast that Apple Inc. (AAPL) will achieve an EPS of $2.13 for the current quarter, $1.52 for the next quarter and $6.9 for 2024. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $1.99 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $2.32. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $2.1 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 8.90%, and 9.06% over the next financial year. EPS should shrink at an annualized rate of 8.89% over the next five years, compared to 21.60% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 42 brokerage firm advisors rate Apple Inc. (AAPL) as a “Strong Buy” at a consensus score of 1.90. Specifically, 26 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 8 of the 42 advise that investors “hold,” and 2 rated it as a “Sell.”
Looking at the support for the AAPL, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Wedbush stated their Outperform rating for the stock in a research note on October 28, 2022, with the firm’s price target at $220-$200. Robert W. Baird coverage for the Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock in a research note released on October 28, 2022 offered a Outperform rating with a price target of $170. KeyBanc Capital Markets was of a view on October 28, 2022 that the stock is Overweight, while Deutsche Bank gave the stock Buy rating on October 28, 2022, issuing a price target of $175- $170. DA Davidson on their part issued Buy rating on October 28, 2022.