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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Apple

(

AAPL

) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Apple as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AAPL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $7.2 billion.
  • AAPL traded 1.1 million shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:27 AM.
  • AAPL is up 8.7% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on AAPL:

Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. The company also sells related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.7%. AAPL has a PE ratio of 17.5. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Apple has been 48.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Apple has a market cap of $658.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Apple as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 42.65% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, AAPL should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • APPLE INC has improved earnings per share by 20.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, APPLE INC increased its bottom line by earning $6.43 versus $5.66 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.84 versus $6.43).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 13.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, APPLE INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • 42.68% is the gross profit margin for APPLE INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.10% is above that of the industry average.

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