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Can you double your money on the world's 5th largest company?

by , 23 October 2020
Can you double your money on the world's 5th largest company?
It's a good question.

Global investors are currently flocking to the large developed market technology companies.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, Netflix, Microsoft and Nvidia have all shown incredible year-to-date returns.

The low interest rate environment post-Covid has once again sparked a global hunt for yield. And, since fixed-income returns are in the toilet, conservative investors seem to be taking a “big is beautiful” approach.

These multinational mega-cap companies do seem to offer a degree of safety given their scale. If you consider the ubiquity of their products, the size of their balance sheets and the enormous captive audiences they serve, it's easy to understand why people see them as “safe bets”.

But as more and more people buy into big tech and the prices (as well as the valuations) soar should you still be buying?

Should you be tempted by the spectacular gains made by early investors?

One mega-cap company I do believe still has some way to run is Apple. Here's why…

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Apple has finally opened its digital doors in India
 
Last month, the iPhone juggernaut opened its first online Apple store on the sub-continent. This means, Indian customers will, for the first time ever, have access to the full range of Apple products and support services. The store will provide customers with the same premium experience found in Apple store locations around the world.
 
Why is this important?
 
Apple currently holds a mere 1 to 2 percent of the Indian market. India is also currently the second largest mobile phone market in the world.
 
To make matters worse almost 40% of their phones are sold through Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart. They compete directly with the likes of Samsung and One Plus on the same platform and they are forced to surrender margin to these global middlemen.
 
Yet, the launch of this online store seems to have been lost in the mainstream media noise. I can’t believe it didn’t make more of a splash, in the international press!
 
This marks a major moment of victory for Apple. They’ve been trying to expand their presence in India for a long time, and this now looks to be the precursor to serious growth.
 
The Indian Apple online store, like the others, will be the most convenient destination to shop for Apple products. Indian customers will finally have online Apple Specialists available to help with anything from custom-configuring any Mac to setting up new devices. In addition, customers can get advice and receive guidance about new products directly from Apple, in both English and Hindi.
 
Furthermore, the company is offering financing options and extending their trade-in program. Students can shop for a Mac or iPad with special pricing and receive discounts on accessories and AppleCare+. And this month customers can expect free online Today at Apple sessions led by local Creative Pros, focused on photography and music. And, just in time for the festive season, signature gift wrap and personalised engraving will be available for select products. Engraving of emoji or text in English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu will be available for AirPods, and English engraving will be available for iPad and Apple Pencil.
 
If this launch goes well, I expect we’ll see the kind of revenue growth that will make a big difference even to a company the size of Apple.
 
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud.
 
And, while their current success has helped them become a $1.97 trillion company, if they can capture a significant slice of the Indian market, a country with a population of 1.38 billion, which has an average annual GDP growth of between 6% and 7% and the second largest consumption base for mobile phones in the world – Apple’s share price will still have a lot more upside.
 
This certainly makes it an attractive option for your global share portfolio.
 
In my previous Money Morning articles, I recommended Walmart and McDonalds. In US dollar terms, the companies are up 22% and 10% respectively.
 
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And, with this promotion in mind, I have no doubt you’ll be taking advantage of the most cost-effective way for a South African to buy direct Apple shares.
       
Kind regards,
 
Werner Fourie,
Private Client Trader


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