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Analyst cites survey showing shift in Apple iPhone buying patterns in cutting earnings estimates

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Analyst cites survey showing shift in Apple iPhone buying patterns in cutting earnings estimates
According to a survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, a significant change in Apple iPhone buying patterns is taking place. While buyers of the Apple iPhone 4S averaged 30GB of storage, buyers of the Apple iPhone 5 are averaging 20GB of storage with fewer buyers selecting the 64GB model. In addition, demand for older models is now 50% during the Apple iPhone 5 cycle, compared with 33% during the cycle of the Apple 4S. This shift to lower priced, lower storage versions of Apple's iconic smartphone have led at least one analyst to cut his earnings estimates for Apple.

UBS analyst Steven Milunovich says that this shift to lower priced units combined with higher launch costs could cost Apple a reduction of 8 to 10 percentage points in gross margin in fiscal year 2013. As a result, the analyst now expects fiscal year 2013 profit of $44.68 a share, down from $47 previously estimated. For fiscal year 2014, he sees Apple reporting profit of $52.80 a share, down from his earlier forecast of $55.85 a share. Milunovich has cut his target on Apple's stock to $650 from $700 while keeping his "Buy" rating on the shares.

Milunovich see's a 2% to 6% drop in the phone's average selling price over the next three quarters, reducing his gross margin forecast by 1% over fiscal year 2013. His buy rating is based on a positive risk/reward ratio at current prices. He sees strong growth, a deal with China Mobile by the fourth quarter, and too much pessimism about Apple losing its edge in innovation, pushing the stock higher.

source: CIRP via Forbes

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