KeyCorp Boosts Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Price Target to $177.00

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) had its price target hoisted by KeyCorp from $173.00 to $177.00 in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The brokerage currently has an overweight rating on the iPhone maker’s stock.

A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on AAPL. Barclays lifted their target price on Apple from $166.00 to $169.00 and gave the company a maintains rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Credit Suisse Group set a $166.00 target price on Apple in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Evercore ISI boosted their price target on Apple from $180.00 to $185.00 in a report on Friday, July 29th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Apple from $185.00 to $180.00 and set an overweight rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 20th. Finally, Raymond James reduced their price target on Apple from $190.00 to $185.00 and set a maintains rating on the stock in a report on Friday, July 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, twenty-one have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. According to MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has an average rating of Moderate Buy and an average target price of $179.16.

Apple Stock Performance

AAPL opened at $160.01 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $2.59 trillion, a P/E ratio of 26.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 1.23. Apple has a 52-week low of $129.04 and a 52-week high of $182.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.86. The business’s fifty day moving average is $145.07 and its 200-day moving average is $157.14.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The iPhone maker reported $1.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.14 by $0.06. Apple had a return on equity of 152.97% and a net margin of 25.71%. The firm had revenue of $82.96 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.97 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.30 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts expect that Apple will post 6.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Apple declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program on Thursday, April 28th that permits the company to buyback $90.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the iPhone maker to purchase up to 3.5% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

Apple Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 8th will be given a dividend of $0.23 per share. This represents a $0.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.57%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 5th. Apple’s payout ratio is 15.18%.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On Apple

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of AAPL. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Apple during the fourth quarter worth $25,228,507,000. Aaron Wealth Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Apple by 30,391.8% during the first quarter. Aaron Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 26,075,085 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock worth $149,333,000 after buying an additional 25,989,570 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp grew its holdings in Apple by 1.8% during the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 633,115,246 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock worth $112,422,274,000 after buying an additional 10,951,705 shares in the last quarter. Capital Research Global Investors grew its holdings in Apple by 31.7% during the first quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 38,903,911 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock worth $6,793,041,000 after buying an additional 9,354,484 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in Apple by 0.7% during the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,269,995,750 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock worth $221,753,959,000 after buying an additional 8,734,393 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 57.98% of the company’s stock.

Apple Company Profile

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Apple Inc designs, manufactures, and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables, and accessories worldwide. It also sells various related services. In addition, the company offers iPhone, a line of smartphones; Mac, a line of personal computers; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets; AirPods Max, an over-ear wireless headphone; and wearables, home, and accessories comprising AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, HomePod, and iPod touch.

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