Apple's Stock Predicted to Reach $1,000 in 2014
Apple stock will reach $1,000 in 2014, according to predictions by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
"Fundamentally, we believe shares can reach $1,000 based on our belief Apple will continue to win in global mobile devices," says Munster in a note this morning. He also says, "we believe the real story is earnings growth."
BusinessInsider relays the report where Munster predicts Apple will become the first trillion dollar company.
We believe there will be enough value over the next two plus years for Apple to add another $400 billion in market cap from a combination of growth in dollars invested in tech and continued shift from major Apple competitors. First, we believe dollars invested in US technology companies will increase ~5% y/y on average for the next three years (CY12-CY14). By comparison, dollars invested in US tech companies were up 9% y/y in 2011. Therefore, the tech sector will add ~$390 billion in market cap through 2014. We assume Apple could capture half of this market cap (from 85% in the 4 years prior). Second, the companies we consider to be the 10 most relevant competitors to Apple (Samsung, HTC, RIMM, NOK, SNE, DELL, HP, MSFT, INTC, GOOG) represent nearly $1 trillion in market cap today. We believe 20% of that value, or ~$200 billion could shift to Apple through 2014. Thus there is potential for Apple to repeat history and add another $400 billion to its market cap. At a $1,000 share price (roughly $1 trillion in market cap) Apple would represent 26% of the total US tech market cap from 17% today.
Apple announced today that it's second quarter results conference call will take place on April 24, 2012.