So, how’d the Apple analysts do?  The best and worst of Q4 2010

Apple Online Store“This one can be summarized succinctly: The amateurs took the top and bottom lines; the pros swept unit shares and gross margin,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“In our ranking of the best and worst Apple (AAPL) analysts for Q4 2010, which lists them based on how accurately they predicted revenue and earnings per share, the top three spots — and nine of the top 15 — were taken by bloggers,” P.E.D. reports. “In the more comprehensive Deagol Ranking (see below), which weighs analysts’ performances in all the categories we polled, the pros took the first seven spots.”

P.E.D. reports, “Hats off to three bloggers — Financial Alchemist’s Turley Muller, Apple Finance Board’s Alexis Cabot and Deagol’s AAPL Model Daniel Tello — who topped our list, with a tip of the hat to Bullish Cross’ Andy Zaky, who predicted Apple’s EPS to within a penny. Everybody underestimated those blow-out iPhone sales, but special mention goes to RBC’s Mike Abramsky, who underestimated them less than anybody. Bernstein’s Toni Saccanaghi took the honors for Mac unit sales. Canaccord Genuity’s Mike Walkley nailed the iPod number.”

Check out the full analyst smackdown in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We love some of the analysts’ concern over margins during yesterday’s conference call – even though Apple clearly and repeatedly told them that margins would decline during the previous conference call. In one ear and – whoosh! – right out the other.

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