Analyst Amit Daryanani did a lot of flying this week. He filed this from seat 27E in Economy Class:
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: We spent more time marketing this week, predominantly with Long Only investors. Discussions continue to revolve around… AAPL: If we got a $1 for everyone that is asking why the stock goes up despite soft iPhone data, I could have retired on a beach by now (Hint, perhaps something to do with $160B cash + maybe folks are getting behind the services narrative)…
No Love On the Street: The questions this week centered around China implications for AAPL (G20) coupled with the impact from Mr. Ive’s departure. We think the meeting could lead to less concern around China trade (some resolution or kicking the can down the road), which should be a positive for AAPL. We would note some of the smartphone data has been stable regarding AAPL share in China. While we understand investor questions around sustainability of the App Store driven by increased scrutiny of AAPL’s services and App Store model, we think Services is poised to accelerate near-term as we lap some of the China gaming issues last year (easy compares) when China essentially banned new game approvals; at the same time, new services like Arcade, media content, etc. could kick in.
Maintains Outperform rating and $215 price target.
This was new to me: “Services is poised to accelerate near-term as we lap some of the China gaming issues last year (easy compares).”