Apple Inc. (AAPL) Earnings: Piper Jaffray Offers Commentary
In a research report released after market close, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster provided a few insights on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), after the tech giant reported lower than expected numbers for its revenue and iPhone shipments, sending its shares down 7.5 percent in after-hours trading. However, the analyst remains positive on AAPL, reiterating an Overweight rating with a price target of $162.
Munster wrote, “Apple reported revenue and EPS slightly ahead of the Street. The company guided revenue essentially in-line with the Street with the high end of its guide (which we view as the true guide) at $51 billion. The reason shares are down 7% in the aftermarket is due to iPhone unit sales of 47.5 million compared to investor thinking for 49 million or more. We believe Jun-15 iPhone unit growth of 35% y/y vs 38% in Mar-15 (ex channel fill) is positive overall as it represents continued market share growth. ASPs were $660 vs $659 in Mar-15, which is a positive surprise as usually ASPs decline through the life of the cycle. We believe the theme of share growth will continue into the S cycle and remain positive on shares of Apple.”
According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Gene Munster has a total average return of 27.6% and a 73.8% success rate. Munster has a 30.7% average return when recommending AAPL, and is ranked #1 out of 3711 analysts.
Out of the 53 analysts polled by TipRanks, 35 rate Apple stock a Buy, 15 rate the stock a Hold and 3 recommend to Sell. With a return potential of 9.4%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $143.05.