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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Has An Average Rating Of Buy; while BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Market Share Slumped To Only 2.7%

Written by on September 9, 2013

On Friday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) experienced unusually large options trading. AR Network reported that investors have purchased 118,761 put options on the company. This reflects a rise of 700% compared to the average volume of 14,851 put options. The company’s shares traded higher by 0.60% on Friday, hitting $498.22. The stock has a trading volume of 12,832,960 shares. Apple has a 1-year high of $705.07 and a 1-year low of $385.10. The stock’s 200-day moving average is $443.4 and a 50-day moving average is $472. The company has a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.35 and market cap of $452.6 billion.

Recently, a number of research firms have commented on AAPL. Analysts at Evercore Partners have increased their price objective on Apple’s shares from $550.00 to $600.00 in a research note to investors on Friday. Separately, analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. have maintained an “outperform” rating on Apple’s shares in a research note to investors on Wednesday. Now, they have a $575.00 price objective on the stock, higher from $525.00 previously. Finally, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald have given a “buy” rating to company’s stock with a $777.00 price objective on the stock.

Three investment analysts have given a sell rating to the stock, eleven have assigned a hold rating, forty-three have given a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Currently, the stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price objective of $552.69. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares moved up 1.21% in premarket.

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), which once led the world of smartphones, has been wear down among a violently competitive market which now ruled by Samsung, and its Galaxy products, Apple’s iPhone and Android running devices. According to IDC report, the share of the market kept by BlackBerry’s operating system has fell down to 2.7 percent, and is expected to decline even further. Last month, the company started a strategic review which proposed poor sales of its new BB 10 devices according to some analysts. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) shares were up 3.23% to $11.19 in premarket today.

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