“It is. Apple’s competitive position has seriously weakened, and investors are recalibrating their outlooks. Tailwinds have turned into headwinds as tangible and intangible issues alike weigh heavily on the shares,” Gold writes. “Apple has lost the mantle of the greatest growth stock of our era; it may no longer be a growth stock at all.”
Here are four reasons why I don’t think Apple’s stock will see $700 again:
1. Growth in phones is slowing as competition increases
2. Margins are shrinking
3. Apple is losing its innovative edge
4. Apple may no longer be a growth story
Gold writes, “CEO Cook may be quietly repositioning Apple as a solid blue-chip stock. That would be a big blow both to Apple’s image and to the cultists who worship the company. A dividend-paying Apple that buys back its stock like, say, IBM IBM +0.99% might be a fine long-term investment, but it wouldn’t be worth $700 a share.”
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