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Apple stock nears record high

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Apple has discovered its groove once more.

The iPhone maker’s stock hit $133.82 in early buying and selling Monday, placing Apple lower than $1 away from its intraday buying and selling high of $134.54, reached in April 2015. Apple’s stock ended the day at $133.29, beating its earlier record closing worth of $133, set in February 2015.

The stock surge, pushing Apple (AAPL) to a $700 billion market cap, comes amid renewed optimism for the iPhone.

Goldman Sachs raised its worth goal for the stock on Monday, citing the chance of “major new features” like “3D sensing” being added to the subsequent iPhone mannequin, in accordance with an investor notice offered to CNNMoney.

Apple’s earlier high was set six months after it launched the redesigned iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, kicking off what CEO Tim Cook described because the “mother of all upgrades.”

Since then, nevertheless, Apple has bucked its custom of overhauling the iPhone each different 12 months. The latest fashions in the marketplace at the moment look practically similar to the iPhones obtainable in late 2014.

The lengthy wait, mixed with this 12 months marking the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, has solely raised expectations that Apple is about to considerably overhaul its smartphone and reignite demand.

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Apple’s annual gross sales fell within the 2016 fiscal 12 months for the primary time since 2001 as iPhone gross sales, nonetheless the vast majority of its enterprise, declined in three consecutive quarters.

Apple even reduce its CEO’s pay by 15% because of the firm’s failure to fulfill its efficiency targets for each gross sales and earnings.

But that shedding streak simply ended.

Apple gross sales began rising once more within the December quarter, pushed by stronger demand for the iPhone — notably for the bigger and costlier iPhone 7 Plus.

The firm bought 78.3 million iPhones for the quarter, setting a brand new record. At least a few of which may be because of the Samsung’s smartphone recall woes.

Mark Moskowitz, an analyst with William Blair, wrote in an investor notice this month, “Samsung’s Note 7 struggles likely helped.”

The iPhone is not the one cause Wall Street is worked up about Apple. There’s additionally President Trump.

Despite Trump clashing with Apple in the course of the marketing campaign, traders at the moment are optimistic Apple will profit from at the least one Trump proposal: slicing taxes on money that U.S. companies deliver again from their abroad accounts.

Apple at present has $230 billion in money held in overseas accounts. If Trump and Congress make it cheaper for Apple to deliver that cash again, it might be used for acquisitions and buybacks.

CNNMoney (New York) First revealed February 13, 2017: 12:24 PM ET

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