stock received a thumbs up Friday from Loop Capital analyst Ananda Baruah, who repeated his Buy rating on the tech giant and boosted his target price to $155 from $131. The call comes ahead of the companyâ€™s upcoming December quarter earnings report, due after the close on Jan. 27.
Baruah writes in a research note that he expects a â€œreally big yearâ€� for Apple (ticker: AAPL), and the signs should be clear with the upcoming earnings report. He thinks there could be material upside to Street numbers for both the near term and throughout calendar 2021, driven by strength in both iPhones and Macs. Baruah also thinks the company could see upside from healthy growth in iPad, AirPod, Watch, and Services.
The analyst notes that his outlook for iPhone shipments is materially above the Streetâ€”he sees 80 million units for the December quarter, 57 million for the March quarter, and 50 million for the June quarter; consensus estimates are 76 million, 50 million, and 42 million, respectively. Likewise, Baruahâ€™s revenue forecast for iPhones is above Street consensus.
Baruah also says that his outlook is â€œmaterially more bullishâ€� than the Street for Mac sales, asserting that there should be â€œmuch longer and stronger demandâ€� beyond the tailwind from the work from home trend. He sees Mac sales of 7.3 million units in the December quarter, above consensus at 6 million units.
â€œThe Mac remains supply-constrained, and improved product availability is not anticipated until well into calendar 2021, while current share gains with consumers and in enterprise, aided by new Apple silicon Macs, can sustain some of the current strength even with a Covid vaccine on the horizon,â€� he writes.
Despite the upbeat note, Apple stock is down 0.5%, to $128.29.
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