Headlines about Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Apple earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the iPhone maker an impact score of 44.956320821463 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- Spotify Prepares to Battle Apple Inc. With Its Own Smart Speaker (investorplace.com)
- Apple: Even More Expensive iPhones? – Seeking Alpha (seekingalpha.com)
- Apple: How To Return $750 Billion – Seeking Alpha (seekingalpha.com)
- Buy the Dip in Apple Inc. Stock for a Potential 133% Return … – Investorplace.com (investorplace.com)
- Apple Investors Should Look Beyond Next Quarter – U.S. News & World Report (money.usnews.com)
Apple (NASDAQ AAPL) traded down $0.58 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $171.85. The stock had a trading volume of 33,921,035 shares, compared to its average volume of 41,970,000. Apple has a 12 month low of $135.10 and a 12 month high of $180.10. The firm has a market capitalization of $871,970.00, a PE ratio of 16.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.30 and a beta of 1.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a current ratio of 1.24.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 12th were issued a $0.63 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 9th. This represents a $2.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.47%. Apple’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.66%.
Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on AAPL shares. Vetr lowered Apple from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $178.34 target price on the stock. in a research report on Friday, December 1st. UBS Group set a $190.00 target price on Apple and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Needham & Company LLC raised their price target on Apple from $175.00 to $200.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating and set a $205.00 price target (up previously from $200.00) on shares of Apple in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded Apple from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $195.00 to $170.00 in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating, thirty-three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $201.64.
In other news, insider Eduardo H. Cue sold 65,361 shares of Apple stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $171.60, for a total value of $11,215,947.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Daniel J. Riccio sold 15,641 shares of Apple stock in a transaction on Friday, January 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $174.78, for a total value of $2,733,733.98. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 13,739 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,401,302.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 112,771 shares of company stock valued at $19,419,429. Insiders own 0.06% of the company’s stock.
Apple Company Profile
Apple Inc (Apple) designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The Company’s products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a variety of accessory, service and support offerings.
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