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January 23, 2013
12:53 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Apple down sharply since last report amid iPhone concerns
Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to report Q1 results after the market close on Wednesday, January 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Despite a sharp pullback since its last earnings report, the iPhone and iPad maker remains by far the most valuable technology company in the world, as measured by market cap... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $13.44 on revenue of $54.73B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $11.97-$15.50 on revenue of $52.01B-$59.55B. Along with last quarter's results, Apple forecast Q1 EPS about $11.75 and revenue about $52B, both of which were far short of consensus at the time. In a note to investors this morning, noted tech analyst Gene Munster at research firm Piper Jaffray summarized the "buy side" expectations for some of Apple's key metrics in Q1, including projections for 50M iPhones sold, 24M iPads sold and gross margin of 39%. According to Munster, the buy side expects Q1 EPS of $13.73 on revenue of $57B, both of which are above consensus... LAST QUARTER: Apple reported Q4 EPS of $8.67 against estimates for $8.75 on revenue of $36B against estimates for $35.8B. The company said it sold 26.9M iPhones, 14M iPads, 5.3M iPods and 4.9M Macs in Q4. Apple reported its gross margin in Q4 fell to 40.0% from 40.3% in the same quarter of the prior year. During its Q4 earnings call, Apple forecast a sequential decline in gross margin in Q1 driven by new form factor changes. The company also mentioned that it was working to get costs down on the iPad Mini and be more efficient in manufacturing. The day after the company's Q4 report, Apple shares fell $5.54, or 0.91%, to $604.00... RESEARCH AND NEWS: Within the last several weeks, first DigiTimes, then The Wall Street Journal, reported that Apple cut its component orders for the iPhone 5. Since Apple's Q4 report, its shares were downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup on December 17 and to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest on January 16. Numerous other research firms have cut their price targets on shares during the last three months, including JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, Stifel Nicolaus, Scotia Capital and UBS. On the more positive side, Piper's Munster recently raised his forecast for Q1 iPhone sales to 50M from 45M and his margin estimate by 100 bps, noting commentary from AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) that indicated solid demand for the higher margin phone. Munster said Apple may guide toward Q2 revenue around $41B, which would be nearly 13% below the Street consensus, but noted that Apple has guided revenue 6%-13% below the Street over the last three quarters. Munster also said Apple's guidance tonight may shed light on the recent reports of component order cuts and that Apple shares have been down less as a function of valuation and more related to the lack of a product catalyst, such as a lower-tier iPhone or Apple TV. Piper Jaffray maintains an Overweight rating and $875 price target on Apple. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also stated in a note to investors about a week ago that the firm is comfortable with its above Street estimate for 53M iPhones sold in the quarter. Jefferies' estimates for EPS and revenue were also well above consensus and the firm kept a Buy rating and $800 price target on the shares... PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Apple have declined over 16%. During the last week Apple shares have spent brief stretches below the psychologically and technically important $500 level, but in early afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Apple is up over 1% to ~$510.
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March 17, 2015
16:26 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
14:13 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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13:06 EDTAAPLBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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12:46 EDTAAPLNBC planning for cable-dependent Apple TV app for 2H15, 9to5Mac reports
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12:38 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the Dow falling about 1%. The market opened in negative territory and proceeded to gain additional downside momentum in early trading. Data on housing starts was not good, even accounting for bad weather in many areas of the country, and the prospect of interest rate increases on the horizon may have some fearing that the housing market recovery is in danger of stalling. Adding to the weakness in stocks may have been the further slide in crude oil prices, which pushed benchmark U.S. crude oil below $43 per barrel earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts plunged 17% to an 897K rate in February, widely undershooting expectations for starts to be down 2.4% to a 1.04M rate, but much of the slide was attributed to weather. Building permits rose 3% to a rate of 1.092M, which was better than the expected 0.5% growth to a 1.065M rate. In Europe, Germany's ZEW Center investor confidence index climbed to 54.8 from 53 last month, though that fell short of the 59.4 consensus forecast. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6% to close at its highest level in over 6 years. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) is preparing to launch an online TV service later this year, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. After the reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes Apple's online TV service launch would lay the groundwork for an actual television launch sometime in 2016. Munster estimates that at an average selling price of $1,750, a television could add about 7% to Apple's 2017 revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Black Diamond (BDE), which jumped 30% after the company reported was then expected quarterly results and guidance but also announced it has hired two banks to help it explore its strategic alternatives. Also higher was Esperion (ESPR), which rose 15% after the company's phase 2b study of ETC-1002, a product in development for patients with hypercholesterolemia on stable statin therapy, met its primary endpoints. Among the noteworthy losers was Himax (HIMX), which dropped 9% after BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy. Also lower following its earnings report was magicJack (CALL), which fell 19%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 152.00, or 0.85%, to 17,825.42, the Nasdaq was down 8.39, or 0.17%, to 4,921.12, and the S&P 500 was down 11.39, or 0.55%, to 2,069.80.
11:36 EDTAAPLApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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11:23 EDTAAPLApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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09:39 EDTAAPLApple will ship 59M iPhones in CQ1, above consensus, says ITG Research
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTAAPLApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:15 EDTAAPLApple streaming service may pave way for bigger ambitions, says Cantor
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09:07 EDTAAPLDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTAAPLMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTAAPLBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTAAPLApple TV may provide boost for advertising unit, Business Insider says
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06:50 EDTAAPLBanks unhappy with high Apple Pay fraud rates, NY Times says
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06:37 EDTAAPLAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTAAPLChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTAAPLApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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