Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Holdings Boosted by Vista Finance LLC

Vista Finance LLC boosted its position in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) by 26.9% during the first quarter, reports. The institutional investor owned 14,402 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock after buying an additional 3,051 shares during the period. Apple makes up approximately 3.7% of Vista Finance LLC’s portfolio, making the stock its 8th largest holding. Vista Finance LLC’s holdings in Apple were worth $2,515,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of AAPL. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Apple in the fourth quarter valued at $25,228,507,000. State Street Corp lifted its holdings in Apple by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 633,115,246 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $112,422,274,000 after acquiring an additional 10,951,705 shares during the period. Allspring Global Investments Holdings LLC acquired a new stake in Apple in the fourth quarter valued at $1,461,735,000. Capital Research Global Investors raised its stake in shares of Apple by 38.1% during the 4th quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 29,549,427 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock worth $5,247,094,000 after buying an additional 8,154,171 shares during the last quarter. Finally, ProShare Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Apple by 41.8% during the 4th quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 20,866,567 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock worth $3,705,275,000 after buying an additional 6,154,422 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 57.98% of the company’s stock.

Insiders Place Their Bets

In other Apple news, SVP Katherine L. Adams sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $161.72, for a total value of $4,043,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 452,334 shares in the company, valued at approximately $73,151,454.48. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.06% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

AAPL has been the subject of several research reports. UBS Group set a $185.00 price target on Apple in a research note on Thursday, July 21st. Oppenheimer reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $190.00 price target on shares of Apple in a research note on Wednesday, June 8th. Bank of America cut their price target on Apple from $200.00 to $185.00 in a research note on Tuesday. Piper Sandler cut their price target on Apple from $200.00 to $195.00 in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Finally, Citigroup boosted their target price on shares of Apple from $175.00 to $185.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, twenty-one have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from, Apple presently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average price target of $179.04.

Apple Stock Up 3.3 %

Shares of NASDAQ:AAPL opened at $162.51 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a current ratio of 0.93. Apple Inc. has a 1 year low of $129.04 and a 1 year high of $182.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.63 trillion, a P/E ratio of 26.38, a PEG ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 1.19. The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $144.31 and a 200-day simple moving average of $157.43.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The iPhone maker reported $1.20 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.14 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $82.96 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.97 billion. Apple had a return on equity of 152.88% and a net margin of 26.41%. Apple’s quarterly revenue was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.30 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that Apple Inc. will post 6.09 earnings per share for the current year.

Apple declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback plan on Thursday, April 28th that allows the company to repurchase $90.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the iPhone maker to repurchase up to 3.5% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

Apple Announces Dividend

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 11th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 8th will be issued a $0.23 dividend. This represents a $0.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.57%. Apple’s dividend payout ratio is presently 14.94%.

About Apple

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Apple Inc designs, manufactures, and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables, and accessories worldwide. It also sells various related services. In addition, the company offers iPhone, a line of smartphones; Mac, a line of personal computers; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets; AirPods Max, an over-ear wireless headphone; and wearables, home, and accessories comprising AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, HomePod, and iPod touch.

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