Carly Forster

About the Author Carly Forster

Content Manager at TipRanks. Earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Communications at the University of California, San Diego.

Apple Finally Releases Apple Watch For Pre-Order. What Are Analysts Saying?

By Carly Forster

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) finally released its highly anticipated Apple Watch for presale on April 10th and sold out of all models in 6 hours.

The Apple Watch will initially be available in the United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The different models of the Apple Watch will retail between $349 for the sport watch and $10,000 for the top-of-the-line watch.

The company also offered a preview of the Apple Watch on April 10th before it officially goes on sale on April 24th, though most of the people who pre-ordered seemed to have purchased the watch without seeing it in person first.

Despite the quick sell out, Apple received some mixed reviews from Wall Street analysts.

On April 10th, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt downgraded his rating on Apple from Outperform to Market Perform, noting “Early reviews on Apple Watch suggest it will fall far short of the ‘insanely great’ benchmark, at least in this first iteration […] Although the financial impact of the Apple Watch is almost immaterial near term, we are concerned that relatively muted reviews so far could place added fear in investors’ minds about the company’s ability to launch successful new product categories.”

McCourt has rated Apple 42 times since January 2009, earning a 74% success rate recommending the stock and a +28.5% average return per recommendation. Overall, he has a 66% success rate recommending stocks and a +15.0% average return per recommendation.

On the other hand, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple on April 10th with a price target of $160, according to SmarterAnalyst. Munster noted, “We have been monitoring lead times this morning and it appears that between 6AM and 9AM ET, lead times have been stable for 5 different SKUs at 4-6 weeks or June/July ship date. We believe that the current stable lead times suggests that supply was the main limiting factor in this morning’s sell out as if demand were extremely strong, it would seem that lead-times would continue to increase.”

Munster has rated Apple 136 times since January 2009, earning a 77% success rate recommending stocks and a +31.6% average return per recommendation. Overall, he has a 72% success rate recommending stocks and a +28.0% average return per recommendation.

On average, the top analyst consensus for Apple on TipRanks is Moderate Buy.

Carly Forster writes about stock market news. She can be reached at Carly@tipranks.com