UBS: Apple could be worth a lot more than people think

The much anticipated iPhone 8 might lead to as much as a 24% increase in Apple‘s stock price, according to research from UBS.

Shares closed at $US153.67 Tuesday, and according to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, they could climb as high as $US190. The average analyst 12-month price target for Apple’s stock is $US163.80, according to Bloomberg data.

In a note sent out to clients on Wednesday, Milunovich wrote he expects an iPhone “supercycle” to drive higher revenues for Apple. The iPhone 8 is rumoured to be more of an upgrade than the previously released iPhone 7, which could lead to more consumers upgrading when the device is released later this year.

The iPhone 8 is expected to be sold at a higher price than previous versions, leading to higher revenues, according to Milunovich. His analysis is based on sales growth of 15%, at an average selling price of $US730 per phone. The analyst consensus estimate for gross margin in 2018 is 38.2%, while UBS estimates it will be higher at 39-40%.

UBS raised its price target to $US170, with an upside of $US190.

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