-Price-earnings (or P/E) is a common relative valuation metric used by investors: stock price divided by annual per share (or EPS ). Algebraically, therefore, one can define stock price as forward P/E times projected . While it has its imperfections, the valuation multiple can help investors think of a stock’s price in the context of its two key variables:
1) How much a company can or will produce in financial results – in this case, net income;
2) How much the market is willing to pay today for future financial performance – the P/E multiple.
-When it comes to financial results, what investors have seen from Apple lately is nothing short of impressive. The Cupertino company blew expectations out of the water in the fiscal second quarter, posting strong double-digit growth rates across all product and geographic segments. The management team’s partial guidance for fiscal third-quarter also looked highly encouraging. To be fair, Apple will face tough comps through the balance of 2021. Also, App Store sales could come under pressure, especially in the short term. Other experts on Wall Street go further and point at policy and regulatory factors possibly causing a drag on Apple’s bottom line. But at a higher level, the business seems to be in top shape, with demand for Apple products and services at a high. Analysts’ expectations have been revised up as a result: the previous 2021 EPS forecast of $4.45 has shot up to $5.16 in the past couple of weeks.
-The problem: willingness to pay:
Even if Apple “delivers the goods” (in this case, ), the market may still not be willing to pay a high price for them today. The culprit could be worries triggering higher interest rates and discouraging investments in tech growth stocks. This is what seems to have happened in the past few days.
-Just before fiscal second-quarter 2021 day, Apple shares traded at about $135, suggesting a fairly rich current-year P/E of 30 times ($135 divided by EPS estimate of $4.45). As of late morning on May 11, the multiple had dropped to only 24 times: $125 per share divided by new EPS consensus of $5.16. In other words, Apple stock’s valuation has already returned to pre-pandemic levels, working out some of the “froth” that investors might have been worried about.
Credit: Daniel Martins
Our opinion on the AAPL:
We see the potential drop to $105 if it breaks below the current support line pointed out on the TA which stands at $121. So anything below $121 should be an alert for us on a potential drop to $105.