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Kenneth Fisher Guru Analysis for Apple Inc.

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Assessments & Analysis Based on August 27, 2014 close price: $102.13

  for the Price/Sales Investor based on the criteria of Kenneth Fisher. Return to AAPL Guru Analysis

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Detailed Analysis

Guru Score: 40%


PRICE/SALES RATIO: [FAIL]

The prospective company should have a low Price/Sales ratio. Non-cyclical stocks with Price/Sales ratios > 3 should never be purchased, however they can be held depending on the investor's risk aversion. AAPL's P/S ratio of 3.43 Based on trailing 12 month sales, is above 3, which is considered very unfavorable by this methodology. Based on this ratio, the stock is quite risky, however if risk does not bother you much, consider holding the stock until the P/S ratio approaches 6.


TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: [PASS]

Less debt equals less risk according to this methodology. AAPL's Debt/Equity of 25.67% is acceptable, thus passing the test.


PRICE/RESEARCH RATIO: [PASS]

This methodology considers companies in the Technology and Medical sectors to be attractive if they have low Price/Research ratios. AAPL is neither a Technology nor Medical company. Therefore the Price/Research ratio is not available and, hence, not much emphasis should be placed on this particular variable.


PRELIMINARY GRADE: No Interest in AAPL At this Point

Is AAPL a "Super Stock"? NO


Price/Sales Ratio: [FAIL]

The Price/Sales ratio is the most important variable according to this methodology. The prospective company should have a low Price/Sales ratio. AAPL's Price/Sales ratio of 3.43 does not pass this criterion.


LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH RATE: [PASS]

This methodology looks for companies that have an inflation adjusted EPS growth rate greater than 15%. AAPL's inflation adjusted EPS growth rate of 39.20% passes this test.


FREE CASH PER SHARE: [PASS]

This methodology looks for companies that have a positive free cash per share. Companies should have enough free cash available to sustain three years of losses. This is based on the premise that companies without cash will soon be out of business. AAPL's free cash per share of 5.22 passes this criterion.


THREE YEAR AVERAGE NET PROFIT MARGIN: [PASS]

This methodology looks for companies that have an average net profit margin of 5% or greater over a three year period. AAPL's three year net profit margin, which averages 24.10%, passes this criterion.

 
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