Dan Ives: ‘Apple could hit a $3 trillion market cap in 2022’

on Sep 24, 2021
  • Dan Ives says Wall Street is underestimating the Apple upgrade cycle.
  • The Wedbush Securities' analyst is positive on the big cap tech names.
  • Shares of the iPhone maker are up more than 10% on a year-to-date basis.

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Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) launched the iPhone 13 last week that Wedbush Securities’ Dan Ives says is what’s working for Apple right now. The flagship smartphone will be available at stores from today.

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Ives’ remarks on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”

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Ives says he expects strong demand for the new iPhone and that Wall Street was underestimating the Apple upgrade cycle. On CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, he said this morning:

All of our checks from Asia indicate iPhone 13’s demand is up 10% to 12% from its predecessor. In China, the pre-order activity is up about 30% on the high end. So, I think it’s a start of an upward trend, and that’s why we think Apple could hit a $3 trillion market cap in 2022.

In comparison, the tech titan is currently valued at $2.41 trillion, with shares up more than 10% on a year-to-date basis.

Ives is positive on the big cap tech names

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The U.S. Federal Reserve could raise interest rates as soon as next year, which could hit the technology sector. But Ives is convinced that the big cap technology names will continue to do good in the future.

We are in the midst of a multiyear bull rally in technology. This digital transformation is almost like a fourth industrial revolution. When you look at areas such as cloud, I think names like Microsoft and Amazon will continue to be massively strong.

Ives, however, picked Apple Inc as his favourite in FAANG stocks. His outlook contrasts sharply with Dan Niles, who now has Apple as his largest short position.


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