Top analyst: 5 Apple predictions for 2016

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Analyst Daniel Ives believes the vicious fight over Apple's growth prospects that's knocked the stock down about 10 percent from an all-time high reached in April will be settled next year.

And he laid out five reasons why.

The FBR & Co. analyst is one of the top analysts on Wall Street covering technology. His picks average a 7 percent one-year return, and he's ranked in the top 10 percent of all analysts, according to

Here's what Ives says in a note to clients Monday:

"With Apple (and its investors) exiting this recent 'knife fight period' post solid September results/December guidance, we believe the Street will now start to look in the crystal ball at the company's next chapter of growth for 2016 and beyond. While we think Apple remains a bit of a battleground stock as the bears continue to fret about tough iPhone 6 comps/6s growth prospects, negative supply chain chatter, China worries, and bumps in the road for Apple Watch sales out of the gate, we believe many on the Street are not seeing the forest through the trees on the story heading into 2016."

Here are his predictions.