Piper Jaffray Managing Director Gene Munster says three key factors will determine whether Apple’s fiscal third quarter was a success, and whether or not the stock will go higher in the near term.
Munster “said the first thing to look for in Tuesday’s report is the all-important iPhone sales figure,” Michael Newberg reports for CNBC. “‘We believe the takeaway on a 49 million unit number would be that iPhone growth is accelerating,’ Munster wrote in an earnings preview note. ‘”This acceleration reflects iPhone gaining share at the high-end of the market.’
“Munster’s second factor to watch was Apple’s gross margin, which he pegged at 39.5 percent for the quarter. In his preview note, Munster said he expected margins to improve into the iPhone 6S cycle, which he thinks will launch in mid to late September,” Newberg reports. “Finally, Munster said he expected Apple to provide next-quarter revenue guidance of $48 billion to $51 billion, implying about 48 million iPhone sales for the September quarter. ‘You put all three of these together, we think it’s going to be a net positive and shares of Apple will move higher,’ Munster told CNBC.”
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