Analyst: Mac sales not slowing, iPod shipments could slightly exceed expectations

“Piper Jaffray senior research analyst Gene Munster maintained a rating of ‘outperform’ on Apple Computer, saying the company is poised to post results that are in-line to slightly above expectations for the March quarter,” Kate DuBose Tomassi reports for Forbes. “‘Specifically, our checks with Apple specialist resellers last week indicated that they are not experiencing a significant slowdown in Mac sales’ due to customers waiting for Intel-based Macs, according to Munster. As for iPods, availability is ‘significantly better’ than it was during the previous quarter, and iPod demand is down ‘slightly,’ but not significantly, from December 2005 to March 2006. Based upon iPod NPD unit shipment data, the analyst said he believes that Apple is ‘on track to meet or slightly exceed our iPod unit assumptions.’”

Tomassi reports, “The analyst maintained an “outperform” rating on Apple shares. His 12-month price target for the stock remains $103.”

Full article here.

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  5. Hmmm pump talk to boost the stock while they sell theirs and take our money.

    The fact is there is a huge backlog of demand for a decent Mactel laptop, it’s Apple’s best selling Mac.

    This is what’s pumping the sales at this time. Once that demand is finished, the two biggest demands on Apple Mac’s, PowerMac’s and Pro laptops will have been satisfied for the next 3 years.

    Apple’s other Mac’s don’t sell nearly as well as their Pro lines.

    iPod sales will slow as the “fad” is over, but because of their numereo uno status, they will still see significant iPod growth but slowing sales from previous highs.

    So I expect the stock to settle down and do some gradual growth with a little fluxuation after this next quarter.

    This anal-ist is just pumping things up for now, but the stock will drop as the fad has worn off and the Intel switch is causing headaches.

    Then of course will be the effect of Trusted Computing once it makes the rounds of the MacMedia.

    People are not going to be happy with Mac’s anymore and the trojans and EFI hackers will have a field day.

    You’ll see. With just about every application demanding a admin password to install, it gives the hackers plenty of exploits to use.

    Sony/BMG rootkit and Norton AV rar files are just the begining.

    Apple made a huge mistake, never trust the developers.

  6. This analyst talks to “Apple specialist resellers ” – in other words he is not getting any information from Apple computer. He´s talking to Bob´s computers and Ipods at the mall or the clerk that dusts off the Apples at CompUSA.
    Remember this is the same analyst that said a while back when Apple was at $85 it was going to move another $18. He got the amount right, just the wrong direction.

    He is covering his ass because he has lost his customers lots of money.

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