Apple shares open down 3.9 percent, UBS cuts price target

Published December 14, 2012

| Reuters

Apple Inc shares fell 3.9 percent following another price target cut on its stock, on a day when its iPhone 5 debuted in China to a cool reception.

UBS Investment Research cut its price target on Apple stock to $700 from $780, saying it expects lower iPhone and iPad shipments for the March quarter.

Apple launched the iPhone 5 in China on Friday, a move widely expected to bring Cupertino some respite from a recent slide in market share in China, but early reports indicated that demand may not be as great as expected.

"Some of our Chinese sources do not expect the iPhone 5 to do as well as the iPhone 4S," UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote in his note.

Apple shares fell as low as $509.11 in initial trading on the Nasdaq on Friday.

(Reporting by Himank Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Supriya Kurane)

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