Apple (AAPL) Hits New Lifetime High

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Apple ( AAPL) as a new lifetime high 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 $5.0 billion.
  • AAPL has traded 1.2 million shares today.
  • AAPL is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on AAPL:

Apple Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries design, manufacture, and market mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.9%. AAPL has a PE ratio of 16.2. Currently there are 27 analysts that rate Apple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Apple has been 49.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Apple has a market cap of $604.1 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. The stock has a beta of 0.83 and a short float of 1.9% with 1.94 days to cover. Shares are up 27.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Apple as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Although AAPL's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.18, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. 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.
  • 44.56% 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 20.69% is above that of the industry average.
  • 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 40.15% 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.

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