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How Much Love Can One Stock Handle?

With so many to choose from, we wondered what’s the most loved stock on the Street?

It seems that investors and analysts just can’t get enough of Apple .

Last week we told you about a daily report distributed every morning here at CNBC, which shows Apple has regularly been among the most 'searched for' companies on CNBC’s website.

And now our research shows it’s about the most loved stock on the Street. Take a look:

Apple Ratings
Strong Buy 14
Buy 19
Hold 4
Sell 2
Underperform 1

With 33 buys and strong buys, Apple has more bullish ratings than any stock on the Street.

And the accolades just keep coming.

Last week on Fast Money Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told us, he expects big things from Apple for some time to come largely due to the iTablet, a device only rumored to exist.

"This is a product unlike no other product," Munster explained. "We think it's coming as soon as Q1 and it's going to be 3% of sales. And it's currently not in Street models. That's another upside to owning the stock. You don't have the tablet priced in."

Munster has a $277 price target on the stock. But that probably doesn’t surprise you. Munster is a known Apple bull.

However, Edward Zabitsky, of ACI Research can’t get on board. He’s bearish for three reasons.

- Carriers can’t make money off the iPhone because it’s a bandwidth hog.

- In the age of the mobile web lots of rivals are coming into the arena with great mobile browsers.

- Although Apple’s gadgets are trend setting at first, their hardware will quickly become irrelevant.

Zabitsky has a strong sell rating on the stock.

What do you think? We want to know!


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