Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock may just have come off its worst week in four years, but the company’s fundamentals remain strong and give reason for optimism, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told CNBC.
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Apple has been swimming through trying times on the market over the last three months as the bears take charge of the stock price of the world’s most valuable company. It is now down more than 20 percent from record highs reached in September, and just over the last week, it fell 8.88 percent.
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Munster, a known Apple bull, is still not swayed. “I’m a fundamental analyst and did a lot of calls with investors today, and I feel like I got a master’s in technical analysis just based on an earful from investors, and that’s a big issue,” Munster said, conceding that continuing pessimism could put pressure on the stock price toward $500.
However, he insisted his $900 price target on the company’s stock still held true.
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One of the core components of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework focuses on the company’s performance when compared with rivals. The increasing might of competitors has been the biggest headaches for those charting Apple’s growth path, but according to Munster, the dominance of Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android in the smartphone market was not likely to remain a long-term worry.
“It’s disturbing if it lasts for the next couple of quarters,” he said. “We expect those numbers to dramatically jump back in favor of Apple, obviously in the December quarter and the March quarter. You’ve got to look at it in context of the year, not the September quarter, which nobody was buying an iPhone.”
The stock will soar again on the back of the demand for Apple’s bestsellers, Munster said. “The demand for iPhone, the demand for Apple products continues to be exceptionally high,” he said. “People want their products and we think that that ultimately going to drive the stock higher.”
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