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April 24, 2012
11:10 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple could show a modest beat for Q2
Apple (AAPL) is expected to report Q2 earnings after the market close on Tuesday, April 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. The consensus estimate is $10.06 for EPS and $36.81B for revenue, according to First Call. Apple guidance for Q2 is EPS of about $8.50, on revenue of $32.5B. Whisper numbers are for EPS of $11.57, revenue of $41.87B, and gross margin at 42.1%. Whisper for units sold: iPhones: 31.73M, iPods: 15.77M, iPads: 14.17M, Macs: 5.14M, compared to Q1 reported figures of 37.04M iPhones sold, 15.4M iPods, 15.43M iPads sold, and 5.2M Macs sold. Without leadership from Apple tonight, some feel it is going to be tough for the market to escape its recent funk. Investors will be paying particularly attention to iPhone sales, given recent worries of a slowdown. The iPhone accounted for 52.66% of Apple's revenue in its most recent quarter. Concerns about iPhone sales grew last week, when Apple supplier Qualcomm (QCOM) said it's seeing supply constraints for its 28 nanometer chips during its Q2 earnings call. There are also concerns that telecom giants AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) may cut subsidies for the iPhone, as it's proven to weigh on their margins. This leaves the potential for Apple to sell fewer phones. Verizon said it activated 3.2M iPhones during the last quarter, down from 4.2M the previous quarter. AT&T announced Tuesday that it activated 4.3M iPhones during its Q1, below Wall Street expectations. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster said he believes the fears of a subsidy cut are overblown. Jon Najarian, co-founder of TradeMonster.com thinks that Apple's Q2 focus will be about Mac sales and outlook going forward -- rather than the iPhone 4S and new iPad. There hasn't been a refresh on Mac products in over a year. Mac accounts for roughly 15% of Apple revenues. Najarian wonders not if Apple can top estimates, but "how big the beat will be." With EPS of $9.95 as the base case Najarian "wouldn't be surprised to hear a $10.50 or $11.00 number." Wedbush's quarter preview said that Mac sales could be soft ahead of a refresh. Wedbush estimates Q2 Mac shipments worldwide of 4.3M units, up 14% year-over-year, but down 18% quarter-over-quarter.
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February 18, 2015
09:37 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders on open
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07:59 EDTAAPLBlackBerry files copyright lawsuit against Typo Products, AP says
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06:52 EDTAAPLApple could bringing Touch ID to Mac, 9to5Mac says
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06:45 EDTAAPLApple Watch launching without health monitoring functions, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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February 17, 2015
17:02 EDTAAPLSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:22 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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13:18 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:31 EDTAAPLApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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09:40 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:32 EDTAAPLApple asking suppliers to make 5M-6M Apple Watches in Q1, WSJ says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple design chief working on store redesign ahead of Watch, New Yorker says
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07:22 EDTAAPLMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:15 EDTAAPLApple foray into autos would be logical, says Barclays
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07:08 EDTAAPLAuto market could be meaningful for Apple, says Cantor
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February 15, 2015
16:44 EDTAAPLApple Watch could increase revenue by 10% next year, Barron's says
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07:47 EDTAAPLHope of car positive for Apple shares, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors yesterday that the potential for a car gives investors something to look at as "the next big thing" for Apple. Munster believes the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple is building an electric car will help support the stock over the next six months. He believes it is unlikely that the company launches anything in the next five years, however. Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. The stock closed Friday up 62c to $127.08.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple working on minivan-like electric vehicle, WSJ reports
Apple has "several hundred" employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project is known internally as "Titan" and has a design that resembles a minivan, the Journal added. The Financial Times reported yesterday that the iPhone maker is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design. Reference Link
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