Apple always in front – Crosses $1trillion mark

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Edged higher on Friday, shares in Apple Inc but stayed close to the $1 trillion valuation milestone.

The iPhone maker reached a day earlier, even as Wall Street predicted more gains.

After becoming the first $1 trillion publicly-listed U.S. company on Thursday. Apple last traded up 0.1 pct at $207.57 after falling as low as $205.48 and as high as $208.74, as it oscillated around the $207.0425 price that marked the record market cap.

Even with a trillion dollar valuation Apple still looks relatively cheap. Its shares trade at less than 16 times earnings estimates for the next 12 months, according to Morgan, who said he would be comfortable with a multiple of 18 or 19 for the stock.

“That’s a reasonable level so I don’t feel there’s any risk that people will say its trading at a $1 trillion let’s put the brakes on this. If it was Amazon or Netflix that were hitting a trillion, then we could have that conversation,” he said.

Netflix currently trades at 93.8 times estimates for its earnings in the next 12 months while Amazon.Com’s multiple is 83.74. “If Apple trades at 20 times earnings that would be crazy,” he said. Estimating that Apple shares could go as high as $220 by year-end.

Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet are in a tight race to become the second U.S. company to reach the $1 trillion milestone.

Most sell-side analysts also seemed to see $1 trillion as just one milestone on Apple’s way to greater gains. As the median price target for the stock is $218.50 and the mean price target at $215.46, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters.

The highest price expectation for the stock is Brian White’s $275 target. Which would mean a $1.3 trillion valuation, according to the analyst from Monness Crespi Hardt. Who says he was first on the Street with a price target that reflected a $1-trillion valuation.

Despite the record valuation, White said, “Apple is one of the most under-appreciated stocks in the world.”

Trip Miller, managing partner at Gullane Capital LLC in Memphis, said Apple “should trade much higher.”

“They are so dependent on one product for such a huge part of their revenue. That I believe that’s why it gets that discount,” said Miller whose firm also owns Amazon shares.

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