Analysts: China isn’t targeting Apple in trade war

“Apple, Inc. has taken a beating in the month of May on concerns a breakdown in U.S. trade relations with China could leave Apple exposed to a potential boycott in China,” Wayne Duggan writes for Benzinga. “Two analyst said Thursday Apple’s seems to have steered clear of trade war disruption up to this point, but it’s still caught in the middle of a high-risk situation.”

“Bank of America analyst Wamsi Mohan reiterated his Buy rating and $230 price target for Apple,” Duggan writes. “Mohan said if China targets Apple, it could be inflicting more harm on itself than America. Bank of America estimates more than 2 million Chinese workers are employed in the Apple supply chain, making it difficult target for the Chinese government.”

“In addition, Mohan said a survey of more than 194,000 consumers around the globe indicates there has been no decline in intent to buy iPhone’s. The number of respondents indicating they intend their next smartphone purchase to be an iPhone has remained steady at around 30 percent through May,” Duggan writes. “Mohan said App Store sales in China are actually on the rise. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty… said it’s unlikely China will target iPhones given they are currently produced inside China.”

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  1. Thought so, too.

    Not at this point, at least. They’ll figure out something else. I’m sure they have an actual army of people thinking through all the products and materials to ban and possible outcomes and their impact of that.

    1. It’s not even protectionism. You could understand that, even if you disagree with it. The Administration is imposing taxes on Americans to promote policies that have nothing to do with fair trade. Example: the wealthiest and most powerful country on earth has lots of Central Americans pouring across its borders that it apparently cannot defend, so it is going to “punish” Mexico by taxing US importers an additional 5% on the theory that a much poorer and less powerful nation can protect its borders against those same Central Americans…somehow.

      Oh, and before you start chanting “Build the Wall,” you might want to note that more than 70% of the people entering the US to apply for refugee or asylum status on the 280 mile El Paso Sector are crossing inside the El Paso city limits, where a “big, beautiful wall” has been in place for over twenty years. One alternative might be to promote local economies and assist law enforcement in Latin America so residents can stay at home safely. But no, the Administration is going to punish those economies with tariffs so even more people will want to leave.

  2. Yeah, sure. China isn’t targeting Apple, so that couldn’t be the reason for Apple’s share value to keep dropping. It’s all a lie just to annoy Apple shareholders. There isn’t a day that goes by without someone saying how Apple will be the biggest loser in a China/America trade war. There are certainly a lot of people who like to fear-monger when it comes to Apple.

    I’m fairly certain boycotting Apple products will hurt plenty of job-seekers in China who count on seasonal iPhone production lines for employment. Whatever. There’s nothing I can do about Apple losing revenue and profits, so I might as well do something constructive with my life. It’s summer-time and no time for me to be indoors worrying about Apple as long as the dividends keep coming.

    I hope Tim Cook has learned some lesson from all this like not betting the farm on a single product or maybe having a cloud business as other major tech companies have would help give investors some confidence in the company.

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