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Analyst calls for up to 2.9 million Macs in Dec. quarter

updated 03:40 pm EST, Wed November 18, 2009

Number draws on October NPD figures

Apple is likely to sell between 2.8 and 2.9 million Macs in the December quarter, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The forecast is based on October sales data from the NPD Group, which indicates that the month's Macs were up 7 percent year-over-year. Should Apple meet expectations, overall growth for the December period should be 14 percent.

The company is said to be gaining from the release of new iMacs, which increased October desktop sales by 45 percent, compensating somewhat for earlier deflated figures. The month's iPod sales were down 11 percent, but Munster cautions that more than half of December-quarter iPods and Macs tend to be sold in December proper, making long-term outcomes difficult to predict. The analyst nevertheless proposes that more than 19 to 20 million iPods will be shipped in the quarter.

Munster is holding to an "overweight" rating for Apple stock, matched by a $277 price target.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow!

    Man, just one analyst calling for that many macs. Just imagine how many Macs apple will sell when they add in the rest of the world's population!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Let's hope those new retail stores

    are pumping up the crowds and pulling in some switchers from Windows. I'm also hoping Apple shares reach $210 by year's end.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Let's hope

    What? $205 wasn't good enough for you? You need to be greedy and want it to hit $210?

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