No company’s market cap has ever reached $800 billion. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is about to touch that goal. It only has to go 9% higher. And, based on the stock surge this year and speculation that the iPhone 8 will trigger unprecedented demand for the smartphone, it may breach that level soon.
Apple has posted the largest increase in share price this year of any component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It trades 20% higher than at the start of 2017, at a record price of $139. The Dow has risen only 6% to 20,954.
A number of securities analysts who cover Apple have prices targets well in excess of its current price. As just one example, Rob Cihra of Guggenheim Securities recently raised his price target from $150 to $180. Manyanalysts have price targets in excess of the $150 level.
There are two primary mitigating factors to a continued run up in Apple’s share price. One is the quarterly earnings report at the end of April. The most recent quarter set a high hurdle, which analysts do not think the company can approach again soon. This is because it was the period that includes the year-end shopping season. Revenue was $79 million, and Apple sold 78.3 million iPhones. Its forecast for the current quarter:
what is stock: Greenlight Capital Re Ltd.(GLRE)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Note that hedge fund mogul David Einhorn has been a director ofthe predecessor company since May 2006. Mr. Einhorn co-founded, and has served as the President of, Greenlight Capital, Inc., since January 1996. Funds managed by Greenlight are some ofthe Companys principal stockholders. Since July 2004, Mr. Einhorn has served as Chairman of the Board of Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd (Nasdaq: GLRE).
what is stock: Oclaro, Inc.(OCLR)
- [By Arie Goren]
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NSDQ:AMD)had been by far the best performer in 2016 among all the 413 Russell 3000 tech stocks. Its stock price appreciation of 295.1% in 2016 was significantly higher than the second ranked tech stock NVIDIA Corporation (NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)which gained 223.8% and the third-ranked stock Oclaro Inc. (NSDQ:OCLR)which was up 157.2% in 2016.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.
what is stock: Deutsche Bank AG(DB)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Monday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBVA).
- [By Diane Alter]
The New York Times first reported that Frontier Airlines is prepping for an initial public offering. The Denver, Colo.-based low-cost carrier has hired Deutsch Bank (NYSE: DB), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) to handle the IPO. The airline started the process late last year when it approached a number of bankers.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Today, Deutsche Bank (DB) pretty much signals an all-clear based on that call and says things are indeed getting better. So there are buyers all over the place.
what is stock: Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc(LL)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap hardwood flooring stockLumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE: LL) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning with better than expected earnings sending shares soaring as the Company went into earnings with short interest of 24.68% according to Highshortinterest.com. Net sales increased10.7% to $263.5 million as net sales in comparable stores increased 8.8% driven by a 5.3% increase in the number of customers invoiced and a 3.5% increase in the average sale. Merchandise sales in comparable stores grew 6.1% in the quarter whilenet sales in non-comparable stores increased $4.4 million. The Company did not open any stores during the second quarter of 2017 with the total store count remaining at 385 as of June 30, 2017. Net income was $4.5 million versusa net loss of $12.2 million for the first profit in the wake of a 2015 “60 Minutes” report that claimed the Companys laminate flooring contained high levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde.
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
Shares ofLumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc.(NYSE:LL) were moving higher last month, though there was little company-specific news out on the stock. The retailer of wood flooring and other related products had been battered in recent years after a scandal involving illegally treated flooring, but investor confidence seemed to be returning along with a general uptick in home-improvement stocks. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock rose 18.4% in March.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap hardwood flooring stockLumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE: LL) is scheduled for before the market opens onTuesday (February 21th). Lumber Liquidators Holdingshad been ahighflying stock until the middle of 2013 when shares were hit be allegations that the companys flooring products contained illegal levels of formaldehyde. Shares then took another hit on reports that the Department of Homeland Security andthe USFish and Wildlife Servicehad executed a sealed court-issuedsearch/raid on theheadquarters for possible sourcing violations.Lumber Liquidators Holdingslater won a favorable ruling in a California lawsuit filed under the state’s Proposition 65 covering cancer-causing chemicals and agreed to pay $2.5 million (without admitting wrongdoing) to settle a civil matter with the California Air Resources Board.
- [By Daniel Miller]
If you remember about a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention let the world know that consumers who had purchased the China-produced flooring from Lumber Liquidators Holdings (NYSE:LL) were roughly three times more likely to fall ill with cancer. That rate was much higher than earlier calculations following the 2015 broadcast by CBS’ 60 Minutes.The stock shed much of its value since the 2015 airing, but rebounded 17% on Tuesday after it reported a narrower-than-expected loss during the fourth quarter, offering investors a slight amount of hope going forward.
what is stock: FORM Holdings (FH)
- [By Matthew Briar]
Looking for a quick, money-making trading idea? Put FORM Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:FH) on your watchlist, if not yet in your portfolio. FH shares are knocking on the door of a breakout move, and one more nudge could do the trick.
There are a couple of factors in play here. One of the is the converging wedge pattern that’s developed after the October-December finally stabilized. The upper boundary of that wedge at $2.40 has been tested several times since late last year, but FORM Holdings could never get past the hurdle. At the same time, several key moving average lines seem to be acting as support — even if unevenly — keeping FH positioned well for a breakout effort.