Apple (AAPL) Stock Declines One Day After Worldwide Developer Conference

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) shares are down 0.97% to $126.55 in trading on Tuesday, one day after the conclusion of its highly anticipated annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The biggest news from the conference was the unveiling of Apple's new Apple Music streaming service.

RealMoney Pro's Ed Ponsi sees Apple Music as a game changer and a serious challenger to Internet music streaming leader Pandora Media's (P) hold on the market.

Insight from TheStreet's Research Team:

The Apple Music concept does make sense. Plenty of consumers already listen to Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM  (SIRI) on iPhones and iPads. Why wouldn't those same customers listen to the same music if it originated from Apple?

Jim Cramer and Jack Mohr, co-managers of Jim Cramer's charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, seem to agree. In a note on Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference published today, they comment on the new streaming service, saying "Apple currently has over 800 million iTunes accounts it can leverage and we believe Jimmy Iovine further expands Apple's credibility with musicians." (Apple is a holding in the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.)

However, while Apple Music seems like a slam-dunk, it isn't. It comes down to execution, and that's where Apple has failed in music. How can you go wrong giving away a free U2 album? By failing to understand that to many of us, music is a highly personal, emotionally charged topic. Music fans don't like to be told what to listen to. I'm still not convinced that Apple gets this point; its "global radio station" concept sounds like the latest misstep along these lines.

-Ed Ponsi, 'Apple Will Make Pandora Sing the Blues', originally published 6/9/2015 on RealMoney.com 

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

"We rate APPLE INC (AAPL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

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

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 40.36% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 40.42% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. 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 40.4% 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 ($8.97 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 32.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $10,223.00 million to $13,569.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 33.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 27.1%. 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

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