This Tuesday Apple is reporting second quarter earnings. I have been debating for a while about whether to start initiating a position in Apple in wake of the significant drop in price. If the price of Apple stays at around $390, I will initiate a position in Apple before earnings for the following reasons:
- Trading at 6+ times this years earnings if you back out the cash. Hopefully, they can at least maintain earnings over the next couple of years.
- Limited downside. I do not ses Apple stock dropping below $300. If it drops after earnings, it will allow me to buy at a cheaper price.
- Low expectations this quarter. Verizon and Cirrus Logic’s results gave investors a peek into what will be a bad quarter by Apple’s standards.
- Rampant negative sentiment on Apple shares.
- Apple should announce what they plan to do with its cash pile very soon if not at earnings announcement. A $15 dividend would give the stock a yield around 4%. A preferred stock would give the biggest boost to the stock price. However, I do not think this will happen.
- Investors will start focusing on what’s next for Apple after the earnings report. Historically, this is when the stock makes a run. There are plenty of concrete things to look forward to: iPhone 4s, cheaper iPhone, iPhone introduction on China’s largest mobile network, China Mobile.
- Even talk of potential new products whether it be a tv or watch could be a catalyst to the stock price.
- Over the next couple of years, a lot of iPhone users 2 year contracts will be expiring which should give a boost to iPhone sales.
What’s preventing me from buying a ton of shares of Apple?
- Limited upside. I do not see the stock going above $500 in the near term. It is now a value stock as opposed to a growth stock.
- Half of revenue dependent on iPhone.
- If the stock price drops even further it will allow me to buy more shares.
Commowealth (CWH) board is still battling hedge funds on control of the company. I own a small amount of shares I bought during the financial crisis. There was a good article in barrons this week recapping the battle. I urge any significant holders of the stock to join the battle against the board.
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Orchard (OSH) crashed after it hired restructuring lawyers. It trades below $2 now. I shorted at $14, but had to cover once it went below $5. I am still short the other spinoff Sears Hometown (SHOS). However, my brokerage made me cover some shares recently. A lot of value investors are bullish on Sears Hometown, but I have yet to be convinced.
Disclosure: I own CWH