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UPDATE: Trading Apple Into Earnings

Apple has certainly generated plenty of excitement lately with all the new apps for the iPhone and the return of Steve Jobs. But will the company continue to wow the crowds with their earnings on Tuesday.

Just when you think Apple can’t have any more surprises up its sleeve, out comes another one.

JPMorgan analyst Mark Moskowitz has recommended investors add positions in the stock saying business volumes should exceed investors' expectations. He also raised his price target to $167.50 from $155.

On Tuesday Apple is scheduled to report earnings, according to Reuters Estimates they should show a profit of $1.17 a share.

Should you get in ahead of the numbers --wait for a pullback -- or run the other way?

The stock has run from $140 to $151 in the blink of an eye, counsels Pete Najarian. I’d get long Apple but on a pullback. However volatility is low so I don’t anticipate a big move post earnings.

My best guess is that the stock will trade off after earnings for a few days, says Tavis McCourt of Morgan Keegan. Then investors will figure out that guidance is low and there are great reasons to own the stock heading into the back half of the year.

I think the trade here is RIMM over Apple, counsels Joe Terranova, just for valuations.

Still want more insights? Click here to find out what Dan Niles of Alpha One Capital Partners has to say.



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