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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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December 10, 2014
06:22 EDTAAPLChina touch panel makers suffer as smartphone inventory rises, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
18:20 EDTAAPLApple to establish R&D center in Japan, Nikkei reports
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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10:35 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
11:23 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
December 4, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 4, 2014
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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