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7 Numbers That Apple Investors Need to Know

There's always plenty to chew on in an Apple earnings report, but here are the seven numbers that investors should keep in mind as they assess the tech rock star's blowout quarter.

At a Post-Jobs Apple, Culture Shock Is Certain

It's a new day at Apple. The transition from a dynamic leader like Steve Jobs to a new generation at the helm of the iGiant will change the culture. Not in a year, not even in five -- but before you know it, we'll be talking about Apple in the "good old days" back when Jobs ran things.

7 Key Numbers Investors Need to Know About Apple

Apple finds itself in an unfamiliar place this week. The iEverything giant posted quarterly results on Tuesday that missed Wall Street's expectations. That hasn't happened in years. While the iPhone 4S delay was the key culprit, the real story is in these seven key numbers that Apple investors should keep in mind.

Will Apple Stock Rise 20% Past Its High ... or 60%?

Apple shares are trading near their all-time high of $422.86, but most analysts expect them to go much higher. Forty-six analysts tracked by Thomson/First Call have a median price target of $500 -- an approximately 20% rise -- and the most optimistic among them forecasts the stock will hit $666 -- about 60% higher than it trades now.

Will a $9 iPhone 3 Undercut Sales of Apple's iPhone 5?

AT&T is now offering an $9 iPhone. Granted, that's for a refurbished iPhone 3 G3S-8G. But those have most features people want in an iPhone, and the upcoming iPhone 5 doesn't offer the one thing that could differentiate it from its predecessors: 4G compatibility. Could Apple's prices cuts on older models come back to bite it?

Why Apple's Stock Value Is Underpriced

Apple has been on fire, posting its best quarter ever with unabated iPhone growth and the iPad holding off all tablet challengers. Apple's stock, however, is cool, trailing the broader market and trading at historically cheap levels. But is that a danger sign, or an opportunity?

Apple's China Mobile Deal Has Huge Potential

Apple buys many components for its devices from Chinese suppliers. Now, it's getting more aggressive about selling those devices in the world's largest cell phone market, inking a deal to sell iPhones through No. 1 wireless operator China Mobile, which could substantially boost Apple's earnings.

iCloud Should Add to the Halo Effect for Apple Devices

On Monday, Apple unveiled iCloud, which will allow users to store digital files on remote servers, and access them through smartphones, PCs or tablets. This should give a boost to iTunes, but that accounts for only about 2% of Apple's value. The real gain will be in how iCloud adds to the appeal of Apple's more lucrative devices.

Could Apple's Shares Hit $500 This Year?

Apple's earnings per share nearly doubled last quarter, and its performance the previous quarter was almost as good. But Apple's shares are only up 11% in the last six months, trailing the Nasdaq. Still, there are reasons to believe that the stock will take off.