This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

The Highest Price Target for Apple Stock: $730 (Update 2)

Stocks in this article: AAPL

Updated from 11:55 a.m. EST to include additional price target raise following the iPad announcement in the eighth and ninth paragraphs.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- iPad sales aren't going to be the only thing Apple (AAPL)-related following the launch of the new iPad. Its stock is getting a price-target raise to well over $700 per share.

FBN Securities Shebly Seyrafi raised his price target to $730 following the unveiling of the new iPad yesterday, as he raised his 2012 iPad estimates nearly 10%. He rates Apple outperform; $730 is the highest price target on Wall Street, besting Barclay's Capital Ben Reitzes, who has a $710 price target on Apple.

Seyrafi raised his iPad estimates from 56.2 million to 61.2 million, including 11 million units in Apple's second quarter, which ends in March. He raised his third-quarter estimate from 13 million units to 15 million units in light of the announcement.

He notes that the iPad met many of consumers' expectations with its enhancements, including Retina Display, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) capability, a new quad-core processor, code-named A5X, and a 5 megapixel back-facing camera that has 1080p video-recording capability. Seyrafi did make note of the fact that Apple did not include capability for Siri in the new tablet, although it does have voice recognition software.

Apple is still the top-rated stock on FBN's Focus List, as he expects 2012 and 2013 to feature several new products, including an LTE-enabled iPhone, as well as Apple's oft-rumored television set.

Wells Fargo analyst Jason Maynard also raised his price target following the event. Maynard boosted his target range to $620 to $640 from $550 to $575.

"We remain confident in our 10.5 million unit forecast for the March quarter, and believe that with the 'New iPad' release, Apple again pushes themselves further ahead of all competition in the tablet market," Maynard wrote in his research note. He rated shares outperform.

Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope also raised his price target and estimates due in large part to the new iPad, as well as a lower price point on the iPad 2. He kept Apple on the Conviction Buy List, but raised the price target to $660 from $600.

"Significantly, we believe the new iPad and the lower price point for the iPad 2 will enable Apple to continue its momentum and tablet market dominance, and we continue to expect rapid installed base growth in 2012 and beyond," Shope wrote in his research note. He raised his iPad forecasts for 2012 through 2014. He wrote he now expects Apple to ship 53.4 million, 67.7 million and 80 million units from 2012 through 2014. This is up from 51.5 million, 64 million and 75.4 million, respectively.

Apple shares were higher in Thursday trading, up 2% to $541.32.

Interested in more on Apple? See TheStreet Ratings' report card for this stock.

Check out our new tech blog, Tech Trends. Follow TheStreet Tech on your wireless devices.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

>To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/commodity_bull.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,754.20 +76.30 0.46%
S&P 500 1,959.42 +8.60 0.44%
NASDAQ 4,469.1280 +16.3360 0.37%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs