Is Apple insanely cheap?
For long-term investors, the stock has now become too undervalued to pass up.
By Ian Wyatt, Top Stock Insights
We love Apple (AAPL). It's a great company and a beacon of innovation for the entire technology industry.
As for the stock, we previously asserted that the shares were extremely cheap; however, we suggested waiting until the stock dropped below $550 before considering a new position. That has now happened.
The shares have fallen by more than 20% in about a month. We think the recent selling is completely unwarranted and is instead a result of profit-taking ahead of a potential tax hike.
This means that the recent move lower has almost nothing to do with the fundamentals of Apple's business operations.
Apple stands to clean up from one of the biggest trends in the world -- smartphones. Data compiled by Barron's show that smartphones have decimated PC growth since 2008. Moreover, unit total and total value of sales are higher than that for PCs for the first time.
There's no doubt the "smartphone revolution" stemmed from Apple, which sold more than 20 million iPhones in 2009.
Apple increased that amount to 39.9 million units in 2010 and 72 million units during 2011. Management expects to sell nearly 125 million iPhones in 2012.
In addition to the growth from smartphones, Apple also enjoys the top perch in the tablet market -- a segment that may also overtake PCs soon.
In our view, the shares are now insanely cheap. The stock has a price-to-earnings ratio of 11 times 2013 earnings per share of $50.13 and 9.5 times 2014 earnings per share of $58.70.
Moreover, Apple stock yields 1.8%, making it a perfect fit for our portfolio, which concentrates on dividend and technology companies.
We can't know for sure if the drop will represent "the" bottom, but we can't pass on this opportunity to buy America's favorite (and perhaps best run) company at such a discount either.
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The solid report comes a month after the retailer closed all of its Canadian operations.
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