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 (
) -- iPad sales aren't going to be the only thing
-related following the launch of
. 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.
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-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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