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Is It A Good Time To Buy Apple Stock


Is It A Good Time To Buy Apple Stock

Like many tech companies, Apple (AAPL 0.99%) will be happy to see 2022 in its rearview mirror after a challenging year and a particularly ugly December, during which its stock price fell 12.4%. While year-over-year declines were primarily fueled by macroeconomic headwinds that affected the whole market, December saw investors grow uneasy over the company's dependence on China for manufacturing. A spike in COVID-19 cases in that country strained production at the factory that produces about 70% of all iPhones, a device that made up 52% of Apple's revenue in fiscal 2022.

While Apple shares tumbled 24% since January 2022, the figure is significantly lower than Alphabet's stock decline of 35%, Amazon's 43%, and Netflix's 40% in the same period. When looking at the companies' free cash flows as of Sept. 30, Apple won out again with its $111.4 billion against Alphabet's $62.5 billion, Amazon's negative $26.3 billion, and Netflix's $717 million.

Even with companies like Meta Platforms and Sony already participating in the VR market with their respective headsets, Apple's past performance in entering new markets proves purchasing its stock could be an investment in the future leader of the industry.

Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. John Mackey, former CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Dani Cook has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Alphabet,, Apple, Intel, Meta Platforms, Microsoft, and Netflix. The Motley Fool recommends the following options: long January 2023 $57.50 calls on Intel, long January 2025 $45 calls on Intel, long March 2023 $120 calls on Apple, short January 2025 $45 puts on Intel, and short March 2023 $130 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Apple (AAPL 0.99%) is a stalwart stock that many investors own in their portfolios, but when it comes to new money being invested, the tech giant can get overlooked because of its size and perceived lack of growth potential. In this episode, Jamie Louko and Connor Allen break down the bull case for Apple stock and the growth opportunity this behemoth still has in store. If you enjoy this episode, leave a like and consider subscribing.

Consumer electronics giant Apple (AAPL) has seen its sales hindered by supply constraints and weakening macroeconomic conditions, which have rocked Apple stock. Still, many investors might be wondering if AAPL stock is a buy right now.

On Sept. 7, Apple introduced its third-generation 5G smartphones, the iPhone 14 series. It also debuted its Apple Watch Series 8 smartwatches and second-generation AirPods Pro wireless earbuds. Apple stock rose 0.9% on the news.

Apple has been an American success story several times over. First, it ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II. Then it reinvented the PC in the 1980s with the Macintosh.

Apple stock has an IBD Composite Rating of 88 out of 99, according to IBD Stock Checkup. IBD's Composite Rating combines five separate proprietary ratings of fundamental and technical performance into one easy-to-use rating. The best growth stocks have a Composite Rating of 90 or better.

In a positive sign, Apple stock has been trading above its 50-day moving average line, as well as its 200-day line. Also, its relative strength line has been rising lately as it outperforms the S&P 500 this year.

On Jan. 3, 2022, Apple's (AAPL 0.99%) stock reached an all-time high of $180.73 after a nearly two-year period where the tech industry flourished. Pandemic closures throughout 2020 and 2021 led people to invest in home offices and entertainment devices, which p


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