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Goldman cuts Apple's stock target citing 'slower pace of product innovation,' still rates it 'buy'

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Goldman cuts Apple's stock target citing 'slower pace of product innovation,' still rates it 'buy'
The almighty Goldman Sachs is the latest in a string of Wall Street shops that cut their Apple stock price targets after a disappointing forecast by Cupertino for the current quarter.

Of course, at these deflated P/E ratios Apple is still a tasty morsel for portfolio managers, so Goldman keeps its "buy" rating here, but evidently it's the pace of growth that the investment bank thinks will eventually take Apple to the stature of your average blue chip stock going forward.

While Goldman defends Apple's addition to its own Conviction List of stocks with "buy" rating back in 2010, citing how the iPhone maker outperformed the S&P by a large margin in the period, it also warns about some headwinds for the show that Tim Cook currently runs:

Based on Monday’s close, AAPL has gained 33.8% since being added the Conviction List on December 12, 2010, versus a 25.9% gain in the S&P 500,” the analysts wrote. “Our new 12-month target price is $575, from $660 previously, based on a 13X multiple (previously 14X) on our lowered CY2013 EPS estimate of $44.64 (previously $47.29).

Investment shop talk aside, Goldman Sachs is a bit hesitant to place a higher stock price target on Apple due to what it apparently sees as structural issues that need to be resolved, not temporary blips on the management radar: “delayed product cycles, supply chain difficulties, product price erosion, and a slower pace of product innovation." 

via BGR & CNNMoney

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posted on 03 Apr 2013, 11:55 3

1. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

...its surprisingly quiet in here o_O

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 14:33 4

5. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)

They have run out of answers..They know the iphone5s will not be anything more than the current model which is not in demand nowhere.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 11:55 6

2. Aeires (unregistered)

Strange to read that one of the problems is supply chain difficulties. Jobs put Cook in charge of the supply chain, it was his expertise. Now he's running the company and they have problems in that area, one can only think it has a lot to do with cutting off Samsung as a component supplier.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 13:25 4

3. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Maybe nobody wants to talk about this stuff. fanboys left the building. LOL

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 13:30 2

4. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I'm surprised they still rate it.in the $500s, but I guess they have to make it tempting for potential buyers. I still see it in the $300s or lower, IMHO

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 14:51

6. jsjr76 (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)

Hey everybody, not to be a jerk, but read a book on how stocks work. The price can be inflated to any price speculators and analysts want (within reason, the stock has to be able to be resold). Apple simply got overvalued and a lot has to do with their P/E ratio (price to earnings and over exuberant Apple lovers). No reason to hate, no reason to trash talk. This isn't the first time in history this has happened by a long shot ( remember what les to 1929???). Facebook is a prime example. Granted I agree with anyone that Tim Cook isn't a visionary genius like Mr Jobs, and maybe the flavor has gotten a little stale, but this is simply what happens in the stock market.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 18:22

7. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

As soon as Apple slowed its pace of innovation their stocks have decreased. Lets see some innovation Apple!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 19:16 2

8. Pings (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Apple! Innovation? LMAO!!!! More like Apple ripping someone's idea off and then suing them for it...

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 19:26

9. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

Lol, you can't do that. When someone in the tech world make an idea, they patent it. Apple can't sue other peoples patents, lol.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 23:52

10. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

This is it. Apple no longer have Jobs to tell adherents what to buy and Cook doesn't have the balls or influence over them to do the same.

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