5 Things Apple Investors Must Watch in 2014

In a lot of ways, Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) investors had a forgettable 2013. Shares underperformed the market, and Apple had no major surprises up its sleeve. However, 2014 could have plenty of notable developments in store for Apple. The company will likely announce changes to its capital return program within a matter of months. Even if Apple doesn't pursue a share repurchase program that's as hefty as Carl Icahn is proposing, the company will still likely increase its capital returns to shareholders.

Both a larger iPhone and iPad are possibly in the pipeline as well, which would expand Apple's two most important product portfolios by addressing different segments. The iPhone could see renewed growth in Asia, as Apple has now inked official carrier partnerships with both NTT DoCoMo  (NYSE: DCM  ) and China Mobile  (NYSE: CHL  ) . Next year could also be the year that Apple decides to jump into the wearables game with an iWatch, considering how the smartwatch market has the potential to explode in unit volumes in the coming years.

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  • Report this Comment On January 05, 2014, at 1:47 PM, DanManners wrote:

    Cramer, on Mad Money last week did a piece on Apple and how the analysts were playing the same game as last year. He said Apple was a buy after having a great Xmas.

    So the 5 things you have to look out for with Apple are Seeking Alpha, Business Insider, Wall St. Cheat, Fortune, and Motley Fool. When the bashing percentage starts to climb, you need to wait on the sidelines but when it is at a zenith, you should then start nibbling. They control the markets along with CNBC and other media outlets. Stories are twisted, bad predictions are made, and outright lies are propagated.

    This is part of the game. Cramer mentioned this years ago on a video where the premarket can be brought down with relatively few shares causing a selloff. New stories are planted. Like WSJ, Pipper Jaffrey and others predicting a China Mobile deal sooner rather than later. We all knew it was coming. They lied about the day.

    The hedgies are now selling knowing the same game is being played from last year. They don't care about the stocks performance rather than is everyone going to chase this one up. Now the dumping has begun we should remember that from last year from endless down days and big drops are being repeated. We are down 14 of 18 days. In a month we had 2 up days in a row.

    Apple went to 385 last year and the earnings were $ 40. If they only go up $ 4 (if lucky) then the stock could go to 423 with the same p/e. Or we could get a lower multiple and go lower. This is what they want. Then they will ride it up again. Apple is a perfect stock because they have to make magic to go higher and magic is not easily made. Expect a big tank in Apple. 2013 is still with us. Amen.

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