Leading analyst firm Goldman Sachs is predicting that Apple will buck the market trend and show strongly during the current financial quarter.

Goldman Sachs expects Apple's new product line-up to prompt a 25-30 per cent increase in the company's share value over the next six months.

Apple closed at $20.47 after yesterday's trading. AFX.com reports that Apple "impressed Wall Street with a number of innovative moves, including the opening of its own retail stores".

Analysts estimate that Apple will post profits of 16 cents per share in the three months to June – its third quarter of the 2001 financial year.