It's that time again.
China iPhone Sales
iPhone sales in the region have been falling in the last several quarters, as Apple gets hit with the double whammy of waning smartphone demand and intensifying competition from Huawei and Samsung (SSNLF) and other players.
Some analysts think there will be a rebound in iPhone sales in the region, while others see those sales staying stuck at the low growth levels they've been.
The Street forecasts a 15% year-over-year growth rate for the segment, which would mark another deceleration in the unit for Apple. But Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty sees services accelerating 19.5%, which would mark the first quarter since March of 2018 that Apple saw an acceleration in services. If investors were to appreciate the bull thesis on services, the multiple on the stock would likely go considerably higher, and so would the stock. Currently, the bull thesis on services is slightly under-appreciated.
The stock has roared 32% year-to-date, but the gains may not be over. some analysts have price targets in the $240's range, suggesting more meaningful upside. Services are a considerable part of those valuations.