Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner raised his target on the computer maker's stock price to $71 from $51 and boosted his earnings forecasts for the next two years.
For the current quarter, Gardnerto $5.5 billion from $4.8 billion and his earnings-per share forecast to 60 cents from 47 cents.
He also raised his 2006 revenue forecast to $20.4 billion from $17.6 billion and his earnings estimate to $2.16 a share from $1.72.
"We are becoming more convinced that Apple will at Macworld San Francisco," Gardner said in a note to clients. That conference runs from Jan. 9 to 13.
Gardner said these product introductions would be sooner than expected, which should help minimize the risk that Apple would end up with a buildup of its current line of non-Intel laptops as customers anticipate the arrival of the new models.
For 2007, he expects revenue of $24.3 billion and per-share profit of $2.61, up from his previous forecasts of $19.6 billion and $1.93.