Apple (AAPL -2.12%) raced out of the gate Monday and are up 5.2% as of 12:30 p.m. EDT. There appear to be at least three reasons why Apple is making this run, and two of them begin on Wall Street.
The first reason is a price target hike. This morning, RBC Capital raised its estimation of Apple stock's worth to $132 a share. That's only about 7% above where the shares trade right now, but Apple stock could continue to grow, says RBC, as its upcoming Fitness+ offering "drive[s] customer loyalty and repeat purchases" of iPads and Apple Watches and evolves into a "worthwhile competitor" in the health and wellness industry.
Second, investors are looking ahead to Apple's Hi, Speed event and product unveiling Tuesday, in which the company is expected to reveal its iPhone 12 lineup and other new products.
Excitement over this event might have sufficed to drive interest in Apple shares higher all on its own. But in a third item, analysts at investment bank Wedbush chose today to hype the event, calling it Apple's "most important product cycle since the iPhone 6," a "game changer," and a "once in a decade" opportunity, according to StreetInsider.com.
Wedbush predicts that Apple will announce at least four iPhone models featuring OLED displays and 5G internet capability, priced anywhere from just under $700 to nearly $1,100. The higher-priced phones could also include LIDAR sensors and augmented reality functions.
Perhaps most important of all (to investors), Wedbush notes that "Apple and its Asian suppliers anticipate stepped-up demand for the larger 6.7-inch model" -- the highest-priced of Apple's new iPhones, and for that reason the one likely to produce even fatter profit margins than usual for this tech stock.
Seeing the potential for Apple to sell 75 million or even 80 million new iPhones, Wedbush believes Apple stock could be worth as much as $150 a share within a year.