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New high Apple price target: $375

June 22, 2010: 10:38 AM ET

With the stock setting new records, analysts' prediction are following suit

Searching for iPhones. Source: DB. Click to enlarge.

In his second note to clients in as many days, Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore raised his price target for Apple (AAPL) to $375 -- the highest we've seen to date.

"Apple is beginning the strongest product cycle in the company's history, led by the iPad and iPhone 4 release later this week," he writes.

"Initial demand for the new iPhone is incredibly robust based on initial demand indicators including: pre-orders, search trends and supplier checks."

As for the iPad, Whitmore notes that shipping lead times are still 7-10 days and that despite improving supplies, stock-outs across Apple's "retail footprint" continued into June.

Whitmore more that doubled his estimate of iPad sales for calendar 2010, to 12 million from 5 million -- which makes you wonder what he was thinking last January.

He's also raised his iPhone estimate, but more modestly: it's now 44 million for 2010, up from from 41 million.

Apple hit $274.85 in early trading Tuesday, up $4.68 (1.73%), before falling back.

Below: An elegant -- if slightly out of date -- chart of analysts' price targets, via Alacra Pulse.

Click to enlarge. Source: Alacra Pulse

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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