Apple is Barron's best stock idea for 2013

Apple is Barron's best stock idea for 2013
Every year, financial weekly Barron's picks its ten top stock ideas for the following year. For 2013, Barron's has Apple at the top of its list, and not just because the list is alphabetized (which it is). Apple's stock has recently dropped 23% below its high for the year and Dow Jones' Andrew Bary says the things that have recently concerned investors are minor. While Apple's earnings growth rate has slipped to 23% from 100% last year, Bary says that for a company the size of Apple, that is quite understandable.

Bary points out that Apple's P/E ratio (Price/Earnings per share) is only 9.06. Compare that to a competitor like Google which is trading at a P/E of 13.96. In addition, Barron's recently wrote a cover story proclaiming Apple's stock to be a better value than Samsung's equity. Apple's stock set an all-time high on September 21st at $705. That date might sound familiar since it was the launch date of the Apple iPhone 5. Apple's stock price, which made the company the most valuable of all-time back in August, surely fit the bill of "buy on the rumor, sell on the news" considering the recent decline which has led to a close Friday at $533.

It should be interesting to see if Barron's is right. As we recently mentioned, those who look at stock charts have pointed out that Apple's downside penetration of both the 200 and 50 day moving average signifies more downside ahead for the Cupertino based company. To be sure, Apple has had a series of problems including the Apple Maps fiasco and technicians say a drop under $500 means look out below.

For those who are curious the other nine names on Barron's list include Barnes & Noble, BlackRock, General Dynamics, JPMorgan Chase, Marathon Petroleum, Novartis, Royal Dutch, Viacom B, and Western Digital. The top ten have returned 17% thus far in 2012 vs. 12.6% for the S&P 500.

source: Forbes

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