Apple sets a new record for iPhone sales

  • Apple sets a new record for iPhone sales

Apple sets a new record for iPhone sales

After touching a new record high on Monday, Apple stock hit another high on Tuesday and continued to climb, approaching $135 per share in the wake of Goldman's price target lift.

Its increase helped balloon the S&P 500's market capitalization on Monday beyond $20 trillion for the first time.

Moreover, unlike most other tech giants, Apple only provides a GAAP EPS figure that doesn't back out items such as stock compensation and one-time charges, and thus consensus estimates are also based on GAAP.

In contrast, the number of mutual funds reporting they became Apple shareholders in recent quarterly filings has jumped by 187 percent to 287, while the number of mutual funds liquidating their Apple holdings dropped by 26 percent to 151, according to Morningstar.

Since the lows of last spring, however, Apple shares have zoomed about 48 percent higher. David Einhorn's hedge fund Greenlight Capital in January said it still likes Apple. Tim Cook said that "Apple Services" will be equivalent to the size of a Fortune 100 company by 2017, which would keep Apple stock going strong in the year.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has poured millions of dollars into Apple over the past year, which brings its stake to almost $1.5 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $3.28 EPS. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 58.76% of the company's stock. Weaver C. Barksdale & Associates Inc. bought a new position in shares of Apple during the third quarter valued at $122,000. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 9th. This represents a $2.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.71%.

"We're thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple's highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way".

Apple stock is choking short-sellers after Goldman Sachs boosted its price target 13%, pushing the iPhone maker's shares to new highs again and again. Apple's payout ratio is now 27.31%. Insiders own 0.08% of the company's stock.