Piper Jaffray: Apple to report in-line or slightly below Street earnings estimates

“Piper Jaffray maintained an ‘outperform’ rating and $103 price target on Apple Computer ahead of its fiscal second-quarter earnings report, scheduled for Wednesday after the market close,” Maya Roney reports for Forbes. “Nevertheless, Munster expects Apple to report in-line or slightly below Street estimates of earnings 43 cents per share on revenue of $4.54 billion.”

“‘Based on our iPod NPD analysis and MacBook Pro inventory issues, we believe our estimates for the March quarter are too aggressive,’ he said. After analyzing the first two months of March quarter NPD data, the analyst concluded that Apple is on-track to meet or slightly miss his iPod unit estimate of 9 million. In addition, he said his 1.3 million Mac estimate will likely prove to be too high,” Roney reports. “Although Munster believes iMac sales were strong in the quarter, he expects total Mac sales to be closer to the Street’s average estimate of 1.16 million given the lack of MacBook Pro supply… ‘Following the March quarter results report, we believe the Street will start to place more focus on the back half of calendar 2006.’ The analyst believes Apple will benefit from the full availability of Macs (MacBook Pro), new Mac releases (iBook, Power Mac), new iPods (larger screen video iPod, higher capacity nano), and tailwind from seasonality.”

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13 Comments

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    “I just want to speculate, yeah, yeah
    I just want to speculate, yeah, yeah
    Another report of earnings,
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    And the dollar bill blew away
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    You may never have to go

    (MW: “blood” — seriously!)

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