Apple: Still a Value Buy (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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We look at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) [Trend Analysisa company in the Electronic Equipment industry getting a lot of attention at the moment, to assess if it provides value for investors considering buying or selling it. Currently Apple Inc. is trading at $117.75 after moving down -1.30% in the previous day of trading.

AAPL is trading with a trailing 12 month P/E multiple of 12.80 and an estimated forward P/E multiple of 10.90. The stock has an estimated 5 year annual growth of 15.42% and a PEG multiple of 0.83.

Rather than the usual Price to Earnings (P/E) multiple method, we use a slightly different method to assess if Apple Inc. is potentially a value buy for investors, the PEG ratio (P/E to growth). This PEG multiple takes into account the expected long term growth in earnings of the company rather than merely the growth for one earnings period ahead as forward P/E does.

That is to say, P/E simply doesn’t account for the long term prospects of AAPL. As a rule of thumb, a stock with a PEG of between 0 and 1 is usually considered to be underpriced, between 1 and 2 to be at fair value and over 2 to be overpriced. Based on the PEG ratio of AAPL being 0.83, we consider Apple Inc. to likely be underpriced.

This analysis means that value buyers who do not currently hold Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should consider buying and investors currently holding the stock should continue holding.

The mean analyst 12 month target price for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently $148.64 or 26.23% above the current price. Additionally, the stock has been as high as $134.54 and as low as $92.00 in the last 52 weeks. Analysts are estimating that AAPL will report earnings per share of $2.46 next quarter.

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