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Apple Stock: 27% Gains Ahead, Even If You Buy Now (AAPL)

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In October 2013 we predicted Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) had a 5-to-1 chance of reaching $1,000 per share. Many analysts were skeptical, criticizing the appointment of Tim Cook as CEO. But here we are, a little more than a year later, having gained 48% from the tech giant.

And that's not all. If we play it right, we stand to gain another 27%... at least. We've even put a date on it.

Here's when and how to make your move...

Apple Stock Forecast 2015: Four Reasons to Expect Record Highs

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Our Apple stock forecast for 2015 anticipates another good year for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has been on a major roll of late, with AAPL stock up more than 40% in 2014.

Now Apple is set up for record profits in 2015. Sales of the iPhone 6 show no signs of letting up, and the company has a completely new product category on the horizon in the Apple Watch.

It also has enough cash - $155 billion as of Sept. 30 - to finance its visionary strategy for years to come.

Here's the breakdown of what's fueling this bullish Apple stock forecast for 2015...

Why AAPL Stock Had a Mini-Flash Crash Today

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When Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock plunged about 6.4% in one minute this morning, befuddled Wall Street analysts came up with a lot of unlikely culprits.

Some blamed a Morgan Stanley downgrade, or profit-taking. Or weak Black Friday sales.

All of this is obviously grasping at straws. Nothing the analysts suggested would make a widely held stock like AAPL sink more than 6% in a minute.

The real explanation for the Apple stock drop is one that most Wall Street types don't like to talk about...

Don't Forget – AAPL Is a Top Retailer, Too

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For all the attention that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) gets, many forget that one of its core strengths is its retailing operation.

"They take retail operations very seriously," Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael Robinson said in a Wednesday appearance on the FOX Business "Varney & Co." program. "It's a big part of their operations, their sales success."

To find out how Robinson thinks investors should play AAPL stock now, watch the video below.

FOMC Meeting: "It's All About Fairy Dust"

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With the stock markets still a little jittery after this month's mini-correction, the statements that come out of this week's FOMC meeting (Federal Open Market Committee) will be even more cautious than usual.

"The Fed is all about fairy dust," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said in a Wednesday appearance on CNBC World, noting that the Fed really doesn't want to upset the markets right now.

See why CNBC World keeps inviting Fitz-Gerald back...

Q4 AAPL Earnings Blow Past Estimates as iPhone Sales Soar

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Just like old times, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) crushed its Q4 earnings, thanks to a great showing by the iPhone.

Given that the iPhone 6 models were only available for a couple of weeks at the end of the period, the news bodes well for Apple earnings in the current quarter.

Investors anticipated the positive news by sending Apple stock up 2% during the day. AAPL stock advanced more than 1% higher in after-hours trading.

Here's how Apple beat the street again...

Monday's Hot Stocks to Watch: AAPL, IBM, CMG, and More

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Earnings are again in focus this week as a number of key industry players post Q3 results. Q3 estimates have come down slightly in recent weeks. Still, the U.S. economic backdrop remains solid, as reflected in robust Q3 manufacturing output data and recent job growth.

Monday's hot stocks to watch include a leading smartphone maker, a tech titan, and a boutique burrito chain.

Here’s our full list of all seven stocks that will be on the move today.

This New Apple Stock Strategy Is a Tweak to the Carl Icahn Playbook

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It's one thing to be optimistic about a stock, but activist investor Carl Icahn's letter to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook tries to make the case that Apple stock is worth double its current price today.

The letter, released today (Thursday) following a teaser tweet the night before, is Icahn's second push to get Apple to use a major portion of its $133 billion in cash for stock buybacks.

But there's more to Icahn's game this time than simply increasing stock buybacks.

This veteran activist investor is as cunning as ever...

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