Can Apple Perform Well the Rest of the Year?

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With shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) trading around $556, is AAPL an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Apple designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, third-party digital content, and applications. The company’s products and services feature the iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and further accessory, service, and support offerings. Apple also delivers digital content and applications through its iTunes, App, iBook, and Mac App stores.

Carl Icahn has upped his position in Apple to more than $3 billion, the billionaire investor said Wednesday. In a series of Twitter posts, Mr. Icahn said he’s been buying more Apple shares ever since he initially announced a large position in the iPhone and iPad maker on August 13. He said he purchased more than $500 million over the past two weeks, which pushed his stake to above $3 billion. Mr. Icahn confirmed in an interview the statements he made on Twitter.

Mr. Icahn, who has been imploring Apple to implement a bigger buyback, said the company is doing a “great disservice to shareholders” by not returning more cash. The company has about $150 billion in cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet. Apple shares recently rose 1.3 percent to $566.34. The stock is up 12 percent over the past 12 months, although it remains well off its record high above $700 in September 2012. Mr. Icahn said he initially bought the stock when it was priced at $468. Since then, the stock is up 21 percent.

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