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The 2018 Tailwinds That Keep One Analyst Bullish On Apple

The 2018 Tailwinds That Keep One Analyst Bullish On Apple

2017 proved to be a good year for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) investors. The stock gained 50 percent and continues to flirt with its all-time high of $177.20. One Wall Street analyst expects nothing but further upside in the stock in 2018. 

The Analyst

Loop Capital Markets' Ananda Baruah maintains a Buy rating on Apple's stock with an unchanged $200 price target.

The Thesis

There are three reasons to continue holding a bullish stance on Apple's stock, Baruah said in a Friday note. (See the analyst's track record here.) 

The analyst's checks found that Apple's December-ending quarter iPhone shipments are on track to exceed a prior estimate of 75 million and are on track for 80 million-plus units versus the Street's 79-million unit estimate.

The analyst revised his iPhone X shipment estimates higher, as the company succeeded in "catch-up and shipments build." Specifically, Apple is projected to ship 30 to 35 million iPhone X units in the December-ending quarter versus prior estimate of 25 to 30 million.

Apple is seeing strong demand for the iPhone 7 and less demand for the iPhone 8, but this isn't necessarily a concern. The iPhone 7 has sufficient processing power to run upcoming virtual reality content which will likely be a key focus of iOS upgrades in the future, Baruah said. 

Price Action

Shares of Apple were trading slightly lower ahead of Friday's market open.

Related Links:

Why Apple Remains Morgan Stanley's Top Pick For 2018

Gene Munster On Apple's 2018 Outlook

Photo courtesy of Apple. 

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