What to Expect From Apple: Analyst

Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 5:52 PM ET
What to Expect From Apple Earnings: Analyst
Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 5:06 PM ET
Apple needs to provide investors with some level of confidence in its future to make the stock perform, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk says.

For its stock to perform once again, Apple needs to provide investors with some level of confidence in its future, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk said Tuesday.

"I'm a little surprised by the lack of capital allocation," he said. "A lot of people were expecting something to happen in March, and when it didn't, then the fear started to creep in."

On CNBC's "Fast Money," Piecyk issued a "buy" rating for Apple on March 14 with a price target of $540 per share.

Piecyk said that the upgrade was based on a belief that Apple was en route to grow its earnings nominally.

"They've got all these people staring at these screens on their iPhones, and there's a lot of ways to monetize that, whether it's through payment systems or ecommerce," he said.

"I think the problem with Apple right now is people are just questioning whether they can ever return to growth, whether they had a peak earnings year last year that they'll never get back to. If you can just return some level of confidence that they can return to growth, then the stock will do very well, very quickly."

Piecyk took a balanced view of Apple's performance.

"What we're looking for is a bad March quarter, frankly, that's below where the consensus is now, even though you've had massive cuts continually. Every week, you've got a different cut," he said. "But more importantly, the June guide is the real risk here, and that June guide is going to be a down revenue quarter, perhaps earnings under 8. Consensus is still over 9 for earnings for the June quarter."

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