Cites the strength of the iPhone, demand for the iPad and expanding gross margins
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s Scott Craig issued a bullish note to clients Friday in which he raised his estimates for Apple’s (AAPL) third quarter revenue and earnings and upped his share price target — from $300 to $325.
Craig is the fourth major analyst this month to raise Apple’s price target in advance of the company’s third fiscal quarter, which ends June 26. The others were Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty (to $310), Standard & Poor’s Clyde Montevirgen ($300) and Sterne Agee’s Vijay Rakesh ($300).
Most analysts wait until after the company’s earnings report to let their clients know where they think the stock is headed. According to AAPLinvestor.net, which tracks these things, 19 analysts raised their Apple price targets on April 21, the day after the company’s Q2 earnings report.
Below the fold: A snapshot of AAPLinvestor’s analyst ratings list. Note: this version doesn’t yet include the news from Merrill Lynch. Click here for the latest.
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