Apple downgraded after analyst sees Apple Watch unable to meet hyped expectations

Apple downgraded after analyst sees Apple Watch unable to meet hyped expectations
Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt downgraded Apple's shares this morning to market perform after he had rated the stock at Outperform since January 28th, 2014. The Apple Watch was the reason behind the downgrade with McCourt concerned that the hype for the smartwatch cannot be met by the actual device.

McCourt also mentioned that a survey of iPhone users taken last month showed only 5% would be buying an Apple Watch, down from the 10% that said that they would buy it in December. The smartwatch must be paired with an Apple iPhone 5 and higher. Despite all this, the analyst pulled out his trusty abacus and computed that iPhone sales remain strong in China. That, and continued share buybacks conducted by Apple, have led him to raise his estimate for fiscal Q2 earnings to $2.15 a share from his earlier estimate of $2.02. That tops the Wall Street consensus which is looking for Apple to report $2.13 a share for the three month period, up from $1.66 a year ago. Apple will release the report on April 27th.


Meanwhile, Apple has started taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch today. Those looking to purchase the device started reserving the latest Apple product from the online Apple Store starting his morning at 3:01am EDT. Shipping time for the device has now been pushed back four to eight weeks with some models not expected to arrive until August.

Apple's shares are currently trading at $127.06. That is up 50 cents from Thursday's closing price.

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source: MarketWatch

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