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Apple Dividend, iPad 3 Could Lift Stock, Analyst Says
CNBC.com | January 03, 2012 | 01:49 PM EST

Strong Apple products in the pipeline — and a possible dividend — led one “Fast Money” analyst to predict the company had a lot more upside in 2012.

“I definitely think a dividend is going to happen in calendar ’12,” ISI analyst Brian Marshall said Tuesday, adding that most investors don’t expect one.

Apple last paid a cash dividend on its common stock in December 1995.

“They could do a dividend of, say, 250 basis point-yield and only pay out 20, 25 percent of their free cash flow,” he said. “They’ve got tremendous flexibility here, obviously, and we think that would drive an incremental $4 billion of buying power to the stock, which is essentially the equivalent of a Top 10 holder. We think a dividend would be a material catalyst for the stock.”

Shares of Apple traded upward of $409 midday, up more than 1 percent.

“They still have tremendous opportunity to grow,” he said.

Marshall, who had a $500 price target on the stock, said he expected launch of the iPad 3 in March and Apple TV in 2013, based on a three-year product cycle.

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