The iPhone Could Drive Apple's Stock Above $325 Next Year


Apple’s stock has a 25% chance of soaring above $325 next year, says Morgan Stanley analyst Katherine Huberty in a report (via Philip Elmer DeWitt.)

How does it happen? With the iPhone.

If iPhone sales are on pace to capture 10-15% of the handset market by 2012, Huberty sees the stock taking off. Putting the phone on more carriers, introducing a cheaper handset, or changing carrier subsidy plans could all drive sales.

Apple’s iPhone sales could be derailed if Google’s Android becomes a hit. If this happens, look for the stock to drop to $150.

Sales could also slow down if fewer people than expected are willing to pay $90 or more a month for mobile bills in addition to $200 for a phone. In this case, the stock goes to $230.

The rest of the Street’s analysts only give Apple’s stock a 5% chance of getting to $325.

image: Philip Elmer DeWitt

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