Media coverage about Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has trended somewhat negative recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Apple earned a media sentiment score of -0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the iPhone maker an impact score of 44.1465672663439 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

AAPL has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Mizuho set a $160.00 price target on shares of Apple and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Vetr lowered Apple from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $178.34 target price for the company. in a research report on Friday, December 1st. UBS Group set a $190.00 price target on shares of Apple and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Needham & Company LLC upped their price target on shares of Apple from $175.00 to $200.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Morgan Stanley reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $205.00 price objective (up from $200.00) on shares of Apple in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, thirty-six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Apple has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $200.70.

Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) opened at $171.51 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 1.28 and a quick ratio of 1.23. The stock has a market capitalization of $872,480.88, a P/E ratio of 18.64, a PEG ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 1.21. Apple has a 12 month low of $120.62 and a 12 month high of $180.10.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The iPhone maker reported $2.07 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.87 by $0.20. The company had revenue of $52.58 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $50.71 billion. Apple had a return on equity of 36.29% and a net margin of 21.09%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.50 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Apple will post 11.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Johny Srouji sold 10,368 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $174.68, for a total value of $1,811,082.24. Following the sale, the insider now owns 81,560 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,246,900.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Daniel J. Riccio sold 15,641 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $172.35, for a total value of $2,695,726.35. Following the sale, the insider now owns 39,682 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,839,192.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 128,412 shares of company stock worth $22,115,155. Corporate insiders own 0.06% of the company’s stock.

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Apple Company Profile

Apple Inc (Apple) designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The Company’s products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a variety of accessory, service and support offerings.

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