Apple Gets Four Major Stock Downgrades After iPhone Event
September 11, 2013 12:39 PM
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Analysts worry that the price of the iPhone 5C is too high for emerging markets like China
Apple's big iPhone event Tuesday
failed to impress
analysts, and they made that point clear with four major downgrades.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., UBS AG, and Credit Suisse Group AG all downgraded Apple after the reveal of its
iPhone 5C and 5S
on Tuesday. This sent Apple's shares down as much as 5 percent in premarket trading Wednesday morning.
A few specifics are Credit Suisse Group AG's downgrade from "Outperform" to "Neutral"
Bank of America's downgrade to "Neutral" from "Buy."
According to the four major financial firms, the 5C wasn't priced low enough to grab its intended audience (which would be emerging markets). For instance, in China (which is one of the targeted markets), the 5C will sell for $730 because the country doesn't have subsidized phones.
One good note on the China front, though, is that Chinese regulators gave the final required license for the iPhone to work on China Mobile Ltd's mobile network. This is a great new opportunity for Apple to expand its number of users, but the question still remains: will Chinese users want to pay that much for the iPhone?
In addition to 5C worries, analysts believe the 5S' specs don't seem to match those of competitors like Samsung in the high-end market.
Analyst Kulbinder Garcha, who has a price target of $525 a share for Apple, predicts that Apple’s smartphone market share will drop to 15.5 percent this year and 13.1 percent next year. This is a far fall from 2012's 18.1 percent market share.
Despite this hard hit from four major financial companies, Apple did at least see a few increases in price targets after the 5C/5S announcements. For instance, Nomura analyst Stuart Jeffrey increased his price target for the stock from $420 a share to $480, and Canaccord Genuity analysts increased their price target from $530 to $550 a share.
Apple's stock has taken a beating over the last year since it's high of $705 in September 2012. It fell
as low as $398.05 a share
back in June of this year due to concerns regarding whether Apple still had the ability to innovate like it did in the days of the 2007 iPhone release and the 2010 iPad release. Since the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Apple has only released new versions of the iPhone and iPad, and hasn't created any new, revolutionary products.
Apple's stock is sitting around $467 as of noon today.
The Wall Street Journal
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RE: What did they expect?
9/11/2013 4:45:06 PM
Wow, yeah, three tile sizes and the basic color scheme.
"Stunning customizations" my ass.
Apple counters that with a custom wallpaper option. Whoo-hoo.
If you are just slightly interested in customizations, ANDROID is the ONLY way to go.
RE: What did they expect?
9/11/2013 5:46:20 PM
The difference is that Android is so customizable that the experience across every phone is radically different. WP manages to have a high level of customizability but with the same core functionality. iOS is just bottom of the barrel at customization.
To say WP isn't very customizable would be ridiculously false, but I think we can agree that Android can go above and beyond. The real question is whether or not that is a good thing.
RE: What did they expect?
9/11/2013 6:48:27 PM
You can change the wallpapers on a Windows Phone 8 start screen.
You can also apply (with an App) a wallpaper over your tiles, which looks pretty freaking cool on my Lumia 920.
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