3 Things to Expect From Apple in 2014

So far, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) has had a rather lackluster year with a gain of 5% year to date. Compared to the S&P 500's gain of nearly 30%, Apple has underachieved in 2013.

However, the market is a forward-looking mechanism. Apple investors should look for three moves from the company in 2014:

Apple's recently inked deal with NTT DoCoMo and the pending China Mobile deal opens Apple up to Asia Pacific in a big way. NTT DoCoMo has over 60 million subscribers and China Mobile has an astonishing 750 million subscribers. Apple investors should look for increased iPhone sales as a result of these new deals.

Second, with Carl Icahn abandoning his $150 billion buyback demands for a more modest $50 billion total, look for Tim Cook to increase the size of Apple's buyback in 2014.

Finally, look for Apple to possibly introduce a new product category -- a phablet, TV set, or smart watch are possible new products to be on the lookout for in 2014.

In this video, Jamal Carnette talks Apple's 2014 with Evan Niu, CFA.

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  • Report this Comment On December 14, 2013, at 1:47 PM, GaryDMN wrote:

    This article will become dated soon, because Apple is a growth company again and the most profitable growth company in the tech sector. They are winning and they are winning the most desired customers, in a big way. They are not being effected by commodity Android devices, that compete on price and actually benefit from all the first time smartphone users, that are potential customers, when they make their next phone purchase. My children are a good example, I bought them several phones from Samsung and HTC for the last 5-6 years that they destroyed, but when they turned 18 and bought their own phones, they both chose iPhones. Even though they don't have much money, they chose iPhones, which surprised me, but they both said the iPhones were worth what they paid and were happy they did.

  • Report this Comment On December 14, 2013, at 3:19 PM, skyisfalling wrote:

    How come nobody is talking about the "Gross Margin", I guess people have accepted the theme that Apple Gross Margin is where it was t the end 4th quarter. I would like to read some article about recent gross margin with all these balooning estimate of gross revenue to see what the estimate of eps at the end of 1st quarter of 2014!

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