Analysts don't expect Apple's stock options debacle will unseat company CEO Steve Jobs from his position.
In a note to clients, ThinkEquity analyst Jonathan Hoopes described this worst case scenario as unlikely to take place. He warns investors that the company has changed since the last recorded options payment problem in 2002: "Apple has evolved into a premier consumer electronics brand," with a range of retail outlets, millions of iPod sales each quarter, the iTunes Store and more products and services designed to stimulate market demand for its products.
Despite the receeding options overhang, "Apple is better positioned today than any company in the history of the PC to both gain share and improve profitability," he writes.
The analyst rates Apple stock as a 'Buy' with a $100 price target.