1 Massive Sign That Apple Is Still the Best Company in Tech

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) is trading at an incredible discount at the moment, and many think the emotion surrounding this stock has it dramatically mispriced on the market right now. In this video, Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner looks at Apple by comparison with Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) , to show just how cheap Apple is despite its incredible growth prospects, cash flow, margins and brand loyalty, versus Intel, trading at a very similar P/E despite having far less rosy prospects ahead in the waning PC market and with little luck so far in mobile. Based on how cheap Apple is right now, it might just be the best buy in tech today.

There's no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology's largest revolution ever and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded, with more than 1,000% gains. However, after the company's major backslide recently, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple and what opportunities are left for the company (and your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.

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  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 12:00 AM, Seabiscuit5 wrote:

    Andrew - I think even moreso than Intel is the comparative PE valuations for IBM and Accenture (ACN), traded at PE multiples of about 15 and 20, respectively. While these two companies are not an Apple to Apple comparison, (pun intended) the economic dynamics are sufficent to notice the disparities in valuations.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 12:01 AM, thunderboltnova wrote:

    Wow I was sweating it when it hit the low 400s.. it's great it went back up. I just wonder what changed.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 12:36 AM, techy46 wrote:

    #1 or 2 in consumer technology but nowhere to be found in enterprsie technology. Best tech company - IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle or SAP not necessarily in that order.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 1:19 AM, SimchaStein wrote:

    Don't count Apple out in enterprise. They're pushing this. They discuss it at every analyst call. If I ran Enterprise IT, I'd prefer iOS to Android, because Apple provides a number of control points - imagine handling support for Android - which device, which OS release, which app store etc.

    People demand the use of smart phone and tablets in the enterprise. Apple has a big advantage.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 5:39 AM, JA1977 wrote:

    In Columbus, Ohio city employees (such as plumbing inspectors, building inspectors, etc) are issued iPhones by the city. They are integrated in their daily operations and reporting. This is a recent move started by the city...began just last year. I'm sure other city departments are exploring similar efforts.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 8:10 AM, yragsapo wrote:

    Seems to me that the iPhone and iPad have already achieved heavy penetration into enterprise.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 3:19 PM, thedoctori wrote:

    A dividend is imminent. I've been pestering Apple for weeks and they finally responded to one of my emails with:

    "We're in the fortunate position of generating more cash than we need to run the business. The board is deliberating how to return more cash to shareholders and through which vehicles (dividend, stock buyback) and in what proportions. Tim Cook has signaled quite clearly that the board is working on this.

    As you know, we cannot selectively disclose when Apple may announce something."

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2013, at 3:26 PM, thedoctori wrote:

    "Seems to me that the iPhone and iPad have already achieved heavy penetration into enterprise."

    You're right and people are vastly underestimating Apple's enterprise penetration. I work at an entity with 10,000 employees and they've standardized on the iPad. A friend of mine works at a major port authority, and they've standardized on the iPad. A hospital in my hometown standardized on the iPad.

    People say silly things like, "You can't use Microsoft formatted docs on the iPad." This is nonsense. You can get OneNote for free. There's CloudOn and 700,000 other apps, many of which are for productivity.

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