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Apple Gets Another Street-High Target on Virtual Reality Boost

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. got its second Street-high price target as Morgan Stanley sees it benefiting from new product categories in virtual reality and autonomous vehicles.

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Analyst Katy Huberty, who rates Apple overweight, raised her price target to $200 from $164, matching Wedbush as the highest among targets tracked by Bloomberg. The shares rose as much as 2% to $168.63 in U.S. premarket trading.

While investors have struggled to value the iPhone maker’s new products given the company’s secrecy, Huberty expects augmented and virtual reality, as well as autonomous vehicles, to eventually be priced in, and says Apple should also benefit from a “flight to quality” in technology stocks.

“Despite a consistent and material revenue contribution from new products and services over time, Apple shares don’t seem to bake in the impact from upcoming new product launches,” Huberty wrote in a note. “We believe this will change as Apple approaches the launch of an AR/VR product over the next year.”

Apple’s shares have surged 25% this year and ended Monday’s session at a fresh record. Investors consider the tech giant a safe bet in an increasingly volatile market, as the highest-valued names in the sector get hit by hawkish signals from the Federal Reserve.

Huberty also increased her estimates for Apple’s December quarter, citing improving iPhone supply as manufacturing disruptions ease.

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