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Apple Inc. (AAPL): Who Is the Top Gainer in the Smartphone Market?

Samsung, on April 5, had released its preliminary estimate for an operating profit of 8.7 trillion won (US$7.7 billion) for Q1 2013. The estimate was 52.9% increase from a revised operating profit a year earlier, but was 1.6% lower than the previous record quarter, which was boosted by strong sales of its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones. Samsung is scheduled to announce its first-quarter earnings later this month.

Bottom Line

From the fundamental perspective, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is unbeatable and cheaply valued with a low Forward P/E of 8.2 and an inexpensive free cash flow (P/FCF of 9.14). Apple is also gaining market share, but its stock remains under pressure since its peak in mid-September 2012 due to various concerns, including slower growth and capital allocation concerns. At this moment, Apple is attractively valued, but may not be suitable for investors with limited risk appetite as its volatility continues.

Note: Investors and traders are recommended to do their own due diligence and research before making any trading/investing decisions.

Nick Chiu has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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