Drexel Hamilton Shares Two Cents on Apple Inc. (AAPL) Following Preliminary Apple Monitor Seasonality Misses

Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White is sharing insight on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) after companies in his Apple Monitor index, which tracks sales of nine ‘important’ publicly-traded Apple suppliers based in Taiwan, reported preliminary sales for November that ultimately missed in terms of historical seasonal performance.

Meanwhile, from the analyst’s eyes, new and less-than-favorable press regarding iPhone cuts has been presently outshining Apple’s positive rumor swirling of a prospective self-driving car in the works.

Though White is traditionally one to recognize “the clouds of ‘gloom and doom'” that can sometimes shroud the tech titan, he nonetheless maintains belief in the company’s richer dividend yield pastures that will rise to smooth out any weak spots. It is simply Apple “testing the patience of investors” once again on its annual “roller coaster ride.”

Therefore, the analyst reiterates a Buy rating on AAPL with a price target of $185, which represents a just under 67% increase from where the shares last closed.

Essentially, White asserts, “Even though we believe Apple is on the verge of returning to growth in 1Q:FY17, the iPhone 8 can’t come soon enough for some investors and we believe a much richer dividend yield should be considered.”

“We believe Apple should materially hike its dividend yield to a range of 3.5% to 4.0% (vs. 2.1% now) to attract more value investors that can act as a steadying force during rough patches. The excuse that Apple’s stock is so cheap, the company can buy back more shares (vs. a material dividend hike), is wearing thin. Repatriation or no repatriation, we believe Apple should meaningfully hike its dividend. Already, Cisco, IBM and HP Enterprise are sporting a dividend yield of approximately 3.5%,” White contends, adding one last query: “When will Apple join the party?”

As usual, we like to include the analyst’s track record when reporting on new analyst notes to give a perspective on the effect it has on stock performance. According to TipRanks, five-star analyst Brian White is ranked #129 out of 4,262 analysts. White has a 58% success rate and realizes 8.6% in his yearly returns. When recommending AAPL, White gains 18.5% in average profits on the stock.

TipRanks analytics exhibit AAPL as a Strong Buy. Based on 33 analysts polled in the last 3 months, 28 rate a Buy on AAPL while 5 maintain a Hold. The 12-month average price target stands at $132.74, marking a nearly 20% upside from current levels.

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