One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple's (AAPL) - Get Report next generation of Apple TV set-top box could nearly double its current sale price, Fortune reports.

The tech giant first introduced the product in 2012 when it priced Apple TV at $99, however, the cost was reduced to $69 in the spring of this year.

The upcoming fourth-generation Apple TV however, could cost anywhere from $149 to $199, Fortune noted. 

The Apple TV is also expected to be much costlier than set-top box offered by its competitors such as Roku, Google (GOOGL) - Get Report and Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report

Despite the costliness, the new Apple TV is expected to have a brand new interface along with additional features such as Siri support, an App Store, and a new remote control, Fortune added.

Additionally, the company said recently that Ian Rogers, one of its top executives and creator of Apple's Beats 1, the online radio station, is resigning, The Wall Street Journal said.

Shares of Apple are falling by 0.19% to $113.20 on Monday morning. 

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates APPLE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate APPLE INC (AAPL) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • APPLE INC has improved earnings per share by 44.5% 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 ($9.13 versus $6.43).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Computers & Peripherals industry average. The net income increased by 37.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $7,748.00 million to $10,677.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 36.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 32.5%. 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AAPL Ratings Report