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.
Evan Niu, CFA owns shares of Apple. Jamal Carnette owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.