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Goldman downgrades AAPL, while S&P ugrades

updated 04:15 pm EST, Mon December 15, 2008

AAPL downgrade

Amid the uncertainty surrounding holiday retail sales and the current economic recession, several analysts on Monday have presented contrasting forecasts for Apple stock. Goldman Sachs analyst David Bailey has downgraded AAPL from "buy" to "neutral," while Tom Smith of Standard and Poor's pushed his rating the opposite direction with a change from "buy on a valuation basis" to "strong buy." Bailey observed that shipments of MacBooks, iPod nanos, and iPhones fell slightly below expectations for the quarter.

The Goldman Sachs analysis considered the potential market conditions through the beginning of 2009. "Apple should face a tougher environment in the March and June quarters as consumer demand takes another leg down," Bailey said. iPhone sales could also miss targets for the first half of next year, although the numbers from 2008 far exceeded Apple's publicized goals. The evaluation also anticipates that the computer-maker will not introduce a significant product at the Macworld event next month.

Although both analysts lowered their price estimates for AAPL, expecting lowered consumer spending, Tim Smith anticipates that Apple is better suited that its competitors to weather the rough conditions. "While most peers also face weak demand, we believe AAPL has better potential for market-share gains in PCs and smart phones," he said.

Steve Jobs spoke during the Q4 financial conference call in October, reminding everyone that his company had $25 billion in the bank and zero debt. "This downturn may also present some extraordinary opportunities for companies that have the cash to take advantage of them, like Apple does," he said. The comment fueled speculation that the computer-maker could be considering acquisitions in addition to expanding its R&D investments.




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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    analysts

    Meanwhile, Aunt Louise flipped a coin 10 times, coming up "heads" 6 times. When asked if that was a recommendation for AAPL, she said, "What, do I look like I'm on Wall Street? Oh yeah, I guess I do."

  1. Elektrix

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: analysts

    Seriously, I am amazed that any of these Wall Street analysts could possibly have any credibility left.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: The real Irony ....

    is that Goldman Sachs should downgrade themselves !! They just lost something like $5 Billion dollars in their first ever quarterly loss, which amounted to $4.97 per share. I don't think even Apple has ever lost that much money in one quarter.

    And what's even more bizarre, is that despite the fact that Wall street was expecting them to lose less money ($3.47 per share), their stock jumped up by 15 percent !!!!! Because investors saw more positive news among the bad news !!! Yeah, my a$$.

    So ladies and gentlemen, this is Wall Street. If you make money you get downgraded; if you lose money your stock goes up; if you defraud people $50 Billion (yes that's billion), all you get is a slap on the wrist, and a $10 Million dollar bail, which is chump change for someone who just stole $50B. And you get to walk the streets of New York !! And maybe you'll see the judge the next time you're on the golf course :-)

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