How Apple can take its market cap to $1 trillion
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Apple's (NASDAQ: Apple [AAPL]) share price is already sky high but that doesn't mean the ride is over. As the Silicon Valley firm closes in on an incredible $1 trillion market cap, an RBC Markets analyst says there's still money to be made buying Apple stock today.

The iPhone maker's market cap is already more than $800 billion and RBC analyst Amit Daryanani writes that it could cross the trillion-dollar milestone in the next 12-18 months.

"We believe AAPL's current stock price creates an attractive entry point for investors to benefit from its ability to return to revenue and EPS growth in FY17," he wrote.

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The analyst also backed RBC's "Outperform" rating and upped Apple's price target to $168 per share.

The stock is currently trading around $153 so, at least in the eyes of RBC, Apple's shares could still climb around 11 percent.

The highly-anticipated release of the iPhone as well as the tenth anniversary edition of the iconic smartphone are expected to help drive the result.

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But reaching a $1 trillion market cap is no fait accompli.

Mr Daryanani said Apple must expand its gross margins by 20-30 basis points and its operating margins by 100 basis points.

Retaking the mantle as the world's biggest smartphone maker will help achieve that goal and is perhaps a more realistic target than further growing its share of the tablet market.

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"In our view, the smartphone space is currently a two-horse race where Apple will be one of the winners in continuing to gain market share," Mr Daryanani said.

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