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Postby winston » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:48 pm

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What Apple Inc.’s Deal For Shazam Means for AAPL Stock

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares have fallen back below their 200-day moving average after a key semiconductor supplier warned of tepid demand for ultra high-end smartphones last week — casting a pall on the $999 iPhone X as we head into a mid-cycle refresh later this year.

Consumers just aren’t that excited about shelling out that kind of cash for incremental improvements.

Which will make a planned “iPhone X Plus” model with a larger screen (and a larger price tag) a tough sell.

The company will next report results on May 1 after the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.69 per share on revenues of $61.1 billion.

When the company last reported on Feb. 1, earnings of $3.89 beat estimates by four cents per share on a 12.7% rise in revenues.

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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

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Consumer Goods Stocks to Buy and Hold: Apple (AAPL)

What Apple Inc.’s Deal For Shazam Means for AAPL Stock

Although Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock has taken it on the chin in 2018, down 3% year to date through April 26, it doesn’t have the world’s largest market cap for nothing.

Most of the negative spin facing Apple these days has to do with the iPhone X’s poor sales, which some speculate could see the smartphone maker exit the ultra-premium end of the market.

I don’t believe that for a second and neither does my colleague Brad Moon who recently discussed what Apple is likely to do in the coming months.

“Don’t expect Apple to abandon that ultra-premium market,” Moon wrote April 23. “No-one knows for certain what Apple is planning for 2018, but the smart money right now is on a less expensive LCD-based iPhone X lookalike, a new version of the iPhone X and an iPhone X Plus — that’s likely to either hit that same $999 starting price, or go even higher.”

While sales numbers of the iPhone X haven’t blown the doors off smartphone revenues, it is still a very profitable phone and the last time I looked, earnings are what drive stock prices higher, not revenues.

With the services end of its business growing by double digits every quarter, Apple’s revenue streams are becoming more balanced, not less — and that’s a very good thing for AAPL stock in the long term.

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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:00 pm

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What to Watch: Apple (AAPL)

Earnings Report Date: May 1 after market close

The fiscal Q2 report from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is simply huge – and not just for Apple. AAPL stock has fallen 9% in just the last eight trading sessions, as fears about iPhone X sales continue to mount.

The concerns have bled over into other sectors – notably the chip space. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (known as the ‘SOX’) has fallen over 7% during that stretch.

Apple has a chance to stem the bleeding on Tuesday afternoon – but I wouldn’t be rushing into AAPL just yet. Analysts clearly have turned on the story here.

Estimates continue to come down, with Bernstein cutting its outlook on Friday. One analyst this week wrote that the Street is in “full panic mode“, as supply chain checks show weak demand for the X.

Even if Apple’s numbers beat, it may not be enough to change that sentiment. The long-running bear case for AAPL has been based on the idea that smartphone sales are going to peak.

As replacement cycles lengthen and lower-end products improve, iPhone sales are going to slow, and eventually, growth will turn negative.

Increasingly, some analysts and investors appear to believe that peak has arrived. And barring a massive quarter, Apple probably can’t change their minds on Tuesday. Still, a beat on Tuesday could at least end the recent pullback, and stabilize both AAPL and the stocks of many of its suppliers.

And given Apple’s still-huge market capitalization near $900 billion, a bounce in Apple stock could move broad indices (notably the price-weighted Dow) on Wednesday.

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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:00 pm

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What to Watch: Apple (AAPL)

Earnings Report Date: May 1 after market close

The fiscal Q2 report from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is simply huge – and not just for Apple. AAPL stock has fallen 9% in just the last eight trading sessions, as fears about iPhone X sales continue to mount.

The concerns have bled over into other sectors – notably the chip space. The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (known as the ‘SOX’) has fallen over 7% during that stretch.

Apple has a chance to stem the bleeding on Tuesday afternoon – but I wouldn’t be rushing into AAPL just yet. Analysts clearly have turned on the story here.

Estimates continue to come down, with Bernstein cutting its outlook on Friday. One analyst this week wrote that the Street is in “full panic mode“, as supply chain checks show weak demand for the X.

Even if Apple’s numbers beat, it may not be enough to change that sentiment. The long-running bear case for AAPL has been based on the idea that smartphone sales are going to peak.

As replacement cycles lengthen and lower-end products improve, iPhone sales are going to slow, and eventually, growth will turn negative.

Increasingly, some analysts and investors appear to believe that peak has arrived. And barring a massive quarter, Apple probably can’t change their minds on Tuesday. Still, a beat on Tuesday could at least end the recent pullback, and stabilize both AAPL and the stocks of many of its suppliers.

And given Apple’s still-huge market capitalization near $900 billion, a bounce in Apple stock could move broad indices (notably the price-weighted Dow) on Wednesday.

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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Thu May 03, 2018 9:41 pm

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Value Trap Stock: Apple (AAPL)

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock rebounded after the company’s earnings results and guidance came in slightly above expectations. Apple also decided to spend $100 billion on share buybacks and raise its dividend 16%.

Despite the rebound, Apple stock is trading at a forward price to earnings ratio of just 13.5. But the sales of the company’s main driver, the iPhone, missed the consensus estimate (52.2 million units sold vs. 52.3 million expected) and only rose about 2.3% year-over-year.

That doesn’t seem terrible, but the iPhone X, released in September, was supposed to be a revolutionary product. These aren’t revolutionary numbers.

Moreover, the fact that Apple wasn’t able to beat iPhone expectations — which already been lowered in recent weeks — also does not bode too well for its future.

Headwinds I’ve previously identified — increased competition in China and bad publicity surrounding the (potentially intentional) iPhone battery issues — also appear to be taking a toll on Apple.

According to CNBC, sales of the Apple’s “other major devices” were exactly in-line with expectations, while the sales of its iPads and Macs came in slightly below expectations.

It appears that revenues generated by the company’s Services — which were slightly above expectations — propelled Apple’s beat.

But in the absence of a “killer” offering, it’s uncertain whether the company’s Services revenue can continue to beat expectations, let alone compensate for continued weakness in its iPhone business.

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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby behappyalways » Mon May 07, 2018 10:06 am

Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake
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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Thu May 10, 2018 7:30 pm

A MASSIVE BUYBACK GROWS EVEN BIGGER

Today's chart shows the benefits of owning shareholder-friendly companies...

Regular DailyWealth readers know we love companies that reward their shareholders. Businesses can do this in two ways: by growing dividends, and by buying back their own shares.

As Steve explained back in March 2015, buybacks reduce the number of shares outstanding. It's like cutting a pizza into six slices instead of eight... The pizza is the same size, but your slice is now larger.

Consumer-electronics giant Apple (AAPL) rewards its shareholders both ways... The company recently completed a massive $210 billion share-buyback plan that started in 2012. And it's ready for more... Apple just added another $100 billion to that plan. It also announced it would boost its quarterly dividend by 16% to 73 cents per share. That's nearly 70% higher than it was five years ago.

As you can see below, Apple shares jumped after the news to a new all-time high. They're up 21% over the past year. Apple continues to reduce the size of its "pizza," and shareholders are reaping the rewards...

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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Sat May 19, 2018 5:18 pm

4 Huge Risks for Apple Inc. Stock: The In-Depth Bear Case

Why is the world's most valuable company one of tech's cheapest stocks?

By VINCE MARTIN

AAPL still is valued at a little over 14x FY19 (ending September) consensus EPS estimates. The figure is even lower when considering Apple’s huge cash balance.

Risk #1: The Commoditization Risk
Risk #2: Apple Stock’s iPhone Reliance
Risk #3: The Rest of Apple
Risk #4: International Concerns


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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:23 am

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares have sliced below their 50-day moving average for a loss of roughly 7% from their recent high, returning to a range that’s been in play since November.

The rebound off of the 200-day moving average — spurred by word Warren Buffett had bought a big position in the company — looks vulnerable to fade big now on fears iPhones from China could be hit with tariffs that would impact profitability margins.

The company will next report results on July 31 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.18 per share on revenues of $52.4 billion.

When the company last reported on May 1, earnings of $2.73 beat estimates by five cents on a 15.6% rise in revenues.

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Re: Apple (AAPL) 04 (Mar 01 - Dec 18)

Postby winston » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:07 am

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#3. Apple
Price target: $214
Upside potential: 11%

Analyst commentary: "In-line [stock] with Nasdaq year to date as investors take "wait-and-see" approach to iPhone after a weaker iPhone X launch; services (15% of revenue) remains an undisputed positive driver;

Expect wider array of next-generation (X-style) iPhones in the fall. More selection (iPhone X "Lite" & "Plus") could drive unit upside (we model ~4 million units above Street for second half 2018)."

TheStreet's quick take: Goldman Sachs is a bear on the cheapest FAANG stock, Apple. Here's why. Also keep in mid that smartphone sales continue to slow.

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