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News For AAPL;SSNLF From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2016
18:01 EDTAAPLApple CEO says Apple Watch set sales records in Q1
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company set a new quarterly record for Apple Watch sales. Cook also said that Q1 was the best quarter for Apple TV sales and app development. The company is maintaining its investment plans in China and the company is investing in India and other emerging markets as well. Cook said that the company remains very bullish on China and Apple is on target to have 40 Apple stores in China this year. Cook noted that Q1 had the most transitions from Android phones to iPhones. Comments provided during Q1 earnings conference call.
16:38 EDTAAPLApple declares 52c dividend, payable on February 11
Apple said its board declared a cash dividend of 52c per share of the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on February 11, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8.
16:36 EDTAAPLApple shares up 68c to $100.67 following Q1 results
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16:36 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 gross margin 40.1% vs. 39.9% last year
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16:35 EDTAAPLApple CEO says Services business accelerated during Q1
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in today's earnings release, "Our team delivered Apple's biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world's most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV. The growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices."
16:34 EDTAAPLApple says $153B of $200B capital return program now completed
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16:34 EDTAAPLApple CFO calls macroeconomic environment 'very difficult'
Apple CFO Luca Maestri said in today's earnings release, "Our record sales and strong margins drove all-time records for net income and EPS in spite of a very difficult macroeconomic environment. We generated operating cash flow of $27.5 billion during the quarter, and returned over $9 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends. We have now completed $153 billion of our $200 billion capital return program."
16:33 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 Other Products revenue $4.35B vs. $2.69B last year
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16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 Mac units 5.31M vs. 5.52M last year
16:32 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 iPad units 16.12M vs. 21.42M last year
16:31 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 iPhone units 74.78M vs. 74.47M last year
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16:30 EDTAAPLApple sees Q2 revenue $50B-$53B, consensus $55.64B
Sees Q2 gross margin between 39%-39.5%.
16:30 EDTAAPLApple reports Q1 EPS $3.28, consensus $3.23
Reports Q1 revenue $75.9B, consensus $76.59B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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15:49 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 99 straddle priced for 6.1% movement into Q4
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15:03 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: Apple may report first ever quarter with iPhone unit decline
Apple (AAPL) is set to report earnings for the company's first quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the most valuable U.S.-listed company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $3.23 on revenue of $76.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.83-$3.44 on revenue of $70.65B-$79.96B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $75.5B-$77.5B and a gross margin between 39%-40%. On average, analysts expect the tech giant to report iPhone units of 75M, according to Bloomberg data that sources nine analyst estimates. iPad units are estimated at 17.3M, Mac units are estimated at 5.8M and Watch units are estimated at 5.3M, according to Bloomberg. LAST QUARTER: On October 27, Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.96, which topped the consensus estimate of $1.88. Fourth quarter revenue of $51.5B also beat the $51.12B consensus expectation. Apple reported iPhone units of 48.05M, iPad units of 9.88M and Mac units of 5.71M in Q4. Apple reported a Q4 gross margin of 39.9%. LAST YEAR: In its first fiscal quarter of last year, Apple reported EPS of $3.06 on revenue of $74.6B and a gross margin of 39.9%. Last year, Apple reported iPhone units of 74.47M, iPad units of 21.42M and 5.52M Mac units in its first quarter. UPCOMING PHONES: According to media reports, Apple's next flagship smartphone, likely called the iPhone 7, will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be thinner, and will likely support wireless charging and be waterproof. Apple is also rumored to soon be releasing a new 4-inch iPhone, known as the "iPhone 5se," that will likely have faster A9/M9 chips and always-on Siri, 9to5Mac reported. The iPhone 5s will be discontinued upon the release of the 5se, which is expected as soon as mid-March, the report said. CAR EFFORTS: Steve Zadesky, who was tapped by Tim Cook to lead Apple's electric car development, is leaving the company, Bloomberg reported on January 24, citing sources. Zadesky stepped down due to personal reasons unrelated to his performance, and the move has not affected Apple's plans to build a car, Bloomberg added. The next day, AppleInsider said Apple has placed a hiring freeze on the team involved with the company's nascent automotive project known as "Project Titan" after company executives became unsatisfied with the project's progress, though CNET then said, citing a source, that contrary to the earlier report Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive was not unhappy with the direction of the company's car effort. OTHER NEWS: In early December, CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves said Apple had paused development of its live TV service, according to Bloomberg. "They've had conversations on it and I think they pressed the hold button. They were looking for a service," said Moonves, according to the report. Following up on that report, Re/code, citing sources, said Apple had walked away from negotiations with TV industry executives due to issues with the composition of the "skinny bundle" it would offer. Later in the month, Apple announced that Jeff Williams had been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said afterward that Williams looks like CEO Tim Cook's successor, adding that Williams had been speculated as next in line since he had been included in presentations, but the promotion to a new position was still unexpected. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves upgraded Apple to Overweight, stating that its long-term value offset its remaining near-term risks. On November 18, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy, saying the market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, but over the next year she expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubbed "Apple-as-a-Service." On December 11, BMO Capital analyst Tim Long initiated Apple with an Outperform rating and $145 price target, contending that iPhone unit growth will be in the high single digits for a few years. During mid-to-late December, several analysts, including Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha, BofA Merrill Lynch's Wamsi Mohan and UBS' Milunovich, lowered their iPhone unit estimates, citing smartphone supply chain data points and other sources of information. On January 6, Rosenblatt analysts Jun Zhang and Martin Pyykkonen downgraded Apple to Neutral, saying they believe iPhone 6S sales slowed down during the holiday season. On January 11, Mizuho analyst Abhey Lamba upgraded Apple to Buy from Neutral, saying that investors' focus on short-term supply chain data points had created an attractive risk/reward in the tech giant's shares. The next day, Bank of American Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple to Buy, echoing the view that worries that were prompted by supply chain data points had been largely factored into the stock after its pullback. On January 22, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommended buying shares of Apple into the company's earnings report, stating that he believes the stock will rally on the iPhone number change cycle and experience multiple expansion over the next six months. Munster, who thinks shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from its recent levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September, kept an Overweight rating on the iPhone maker with a $179 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM), Avago Technologies (AVGO) and Broadcom (BRCM), often move in reaction to Apple's earnings report and guidance. PRICE ACTION: On October 28, the day after Apple reported better than expected fourth quarter sales and profits, the stock advanced a bit over 4%. Since the beginning of the new year, Apple shares have declined more than 4.7%. Over the last three months, the stock has fallen 13% to trade near $100 per share in late afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's report.
14:32 EDTAAPLNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:51 EDTAAPLApple to make subscription content available in News app, Reuters says
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13:10 EDTAAPLApple January weekly 100 straddle priced for 6.3% movement into Q4
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