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Gene Munster: Apple’s Product Pricing a Big Deal

Product pricing will be all-important for Apple’s stock price following its expected announcement of a new iPad, a leading tech analyst said Wednesday.

“What we’ve seen over the last year, it’s less about features,” Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster said. “If we were going to do a feature analysis, we’d’ve said that the iPhone 4S was going to be a total failure. In return, they absolutely blew the numbers out.”

Munster added that the iPad 2, which critics had expected would meet with slow sales, was sold out for two months.

The reason?

“There’s fundamentally a growth in the tablet space, and Apple iPad tends to have a pole position,” he said.

Munster estimated Apple will sell 60 million iPads in 2012, with 80 percent of those sales will come from the iPad HD. He held an “overweight” rating on the stock and a price target of $670 per share.

However, a chart analysis suggested that a disappointing set of features could hurt the stock price, which was at $534.79 midday.

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“I think that the drop could be pretty big,” Abigail Doolittle of Peak Theories Research said on “Fast Money.”

“There’s a huge gap at $477, another one at $430,” she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some sort of initial excitement spike up to about $550, but I think ultimately that this could turn out to be some sort of disappointment, and that would indicated that it’s going to be a similar product with just a new name.”

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