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Market buzzes as Apple introduces game-changing AI platform

Apple Inc. (AAPL) experienced a notable surge in its stock value on Tuesday, climbing 7% to achieve a record high for the year 2024. This rise came in the wake of the company’s revelation about its latest venture into artificial intelligence (AI), the Apple Intelligence platform. After a slight dip in stock performance during and after the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple’s shares rebounded significantly. Analysts on Wall Street lauded the tech giant’s AI announcements, contributing to its strongest single-day performance since November 2022.

Market buzzes as Apple introduces game-changing AI platform

According to Gil Luria, managing director at D.A. Davidson, Apple’s introduction of AI integration into daily life marks an unprecedented move, leading him to upgrade Apple’s rating to Buy from Neutral and increase the price target to $230 from $200. Monday’s event showcased “Apple Intelligence,” the long-awaited AI endeavor, set to be seamlessly integrated across Apple’s range of hardware and software products. This includes iPhones, Macs, and various applications such as mail, messages, and photos. The platform, slated for release alongside the iPhone 15 Pro and later generations, is designed to capitalize on Apple’s M1 series chips and newer models.

Among the highlighted features is an enhanced Siri, capable of tasks like parsing addresses from messages and retrieving photos based on voice commands. This comprehensive AI integration extends to updates across Apple’s product line, spanning iPhones, watches, and computers. The announcement follows a month of heightened anticipation, fueled by rumors including a speculated partnership with OpenAI, the operator of ChatGPT.

Apple’s resurgence in the stock market solidifies its position as the world’s second-most valuable company, trailing only behind Microsoft, with a market capitalization exceeding $3.1 trillion. Despite a sluggish start to the year amid concerns over iPhone demand, Apple’s stock has surged over 15% in the past two months. Analysts foresee the potential for an upcoming iPhone upgrade cycle, propelled by the introduction of new AI features exclusively available on iPhone 15 Pro and subsequent models.

Investors eagerly await the release of May’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), a crucial determinant of future Federal Reserve interest rate decisions. Expected to be unveiled at 8:30 a.m. ET, the CPI report precedes the central bank’s policy announcement later in the day. Projections suggest headline inflation will mirror April’s 3.4% annual increase, with a marginal month-over-month uptick of 0.1%.

A projected decline in energy prices, notably gasoline, is anticipated to exert downward pressure on headline CPI. Core inflation, excluding food and gas, is expected to show a slight slowdown in May, with a 3.5% year-over-year increase and a matching month-over-month rise of 0.3%. Persistent inflation in core categories like shelter and services poses ongoing concerns, although some moderation is expected in select service sectors.

Analysts anticipate progress in addressing inflationary pressures over time, particularly in areas such as motor vehicle insurance and housing rentals. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is set to address the CPI report alongside the central bank’s policy statement and economic projections. Despite inflationary challenges, the Fed’s commitment to achieving its 2% target remains steadfast, with the potential for adjustments to interest rates contingent upon economic data trends.

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