What analysts don't understand is that a stock price has nothing to do with earnings or growth. Take Scott Kessler, analyst at S&P IQ. Kessler is one of the pencil pushers still calling Apple a strong buy. "We expect Apple’s growth to exceed that of many of its peers," says Kessler, "we see the stock as a compelling value." He sees good sales of both the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad through 2015 despite the economy and competition. The analyst also expects to see Apple shrink its cash hoard. Apple's current dividend could be raised or the money could be used to buy back shares.
But Kessler does expect revenue growth this year to fall sharply, from last year's 45% to 14% this year. The reduction in top line growth could be what the stock decline has been signaling. Kessler expects flat profits of $44.29 a share for 2013 vs. $44.15 last year. With big funds like Fidelity and Invesco selling stock, in this case you just might blame the Cook.