Earnings season always brings surprises and serves as a catalyst for stocks. In light of impending reports, top analysts weigh in on technology giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and e-commerce giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
As Apple is scheduled to announce its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 on Tuesday, January 26, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster came out today with a research note, reiterating an Overweight rating and price target of $179 on the stock.
Munster noted, “We are buyers of AAPL going into next week’s earnings (Jan. 26) and over the next month based on a belief that over the next 6 months the stock will react similarly to past number change cycles (i.e., iPhone 5 and 6), and experience P/E multiple expansion. We believe shares of AAPL could achieve upside of over 50% from current levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September. In our view, valuation is attractive with the pullback in AAPL over the past two months driven first by concerns around supply reductions followed by the macro market decline leaves shares trading at historically low P/E levels. While macro issues (falling oil prices, China’s economic/currency problems, and the instability in the EU) are wild cards, the company specific setup for shares of AAPL remains favorable.”
According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Gene Munster has a yearly average return of 17.1% and a 56% success rate. Munster has a 21% average return when recommending AAPL, and is ranked #8 out of 3586 analysts.
Out of the 53 analysts polled by TipRanks, 40 rate Apple stock a Buy, 10 rate the stock a Hold and 3 recommend a Sell. With a return potential of 46%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $140.37.
Cantor analyst Youssef Squali reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Amazon, with a price target of $750, as the company is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, January 28.
Squali said, “We expect Amazon to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of ecommerce growth this past holiday season, with reported revenue up ~22-23% Y/ Y (due out 1/28). Continued shift of commerce online, strength in the U.S., robust 3P and AWS should drive this performance. However, a relatively weak Europe, high investment intensity, and international expansion are likely to keep a lid on profitability, in our view, even as the company grows well in excess of overall ecommerce.”
According to TipRanks.com, analyst Youssef Squali has a yearly average return of 13.7% and a 56.2% success rate. Squali has a 34.1% average return when recommending AMZN, and is ranked #27 out of 3586 analysts.
Most of the analysts covering Amazon remain bullish on the company’s stock. A total of 45 analysts currently provide ratings; 38 of them suggest a Buy, while 7 recommend a Hold rating. The 12-month consensus mean price target for the stock is $690.40, reflecting a 20% upside over yesterday’s closing price.