Apple earnings: Happy holidays or a lump of coal?

“Apple will unwrap its outlook for the holiday shopping season on Tuesday, and analysts expect growth—just nothing on par with last year’s bonanza,” Adam Satariano reports for Bloomberg. “The holiday quarter is projected to bring Apple sales of $77 billion and profit of $18.1 billion, or $3.22 a share, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That would work out to sales growth of 3.4 percent, which is a far cry from the 30 percent Apple put up last holiday season.”

“During the critical October to December period, Apple generates more sales and profit than any other time of the year. The upcoming forecast will be closely watched because Apple is facing questions about whether the latest iPhones can match the record-setting pace of last year’s models, which included the long-overdue addition of bigger screens,” Satariano reports.

“Apple’s business is increasingly tied to one product: the iPhone. Sales of the iPad have slowed, and newer products such as the Apple Watch haven’t become mainstream hits yet,” Satariano reports. “Dialog Semiconductor, an Apple supplier, reported lackluster earnings and gave a disappointing fourth-quarter forecast on Monday, which RBC analyst Amit Daryanani said has a ‘negative implication’ for iPhone sales. Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, wrote in a research note last week that iPhone sales for the holiday quarter are the ‘biggest investor concern’ facing Apple.”

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  1. There is a problem with using “Dialog” as a barometer for Apple. These anal-yst’s do realize that they also supply products for Samsung phones/products and other companies.
    If you look at the list of companies they supply. Apple can’t make up everyone else’s slack.

  2. I’ve become completely pessimistic about earnings for Apple. Investors are never happy, so why don’t they go put their money into another company and eventually Apple may get some investors who are satisfied with the way the company is being run. Why does only Apple disappoint investors when Apple is so profitable. Maybe I’m just stupid because I don’t understand what makes a company valuable. I don’t see what Apple is really doing wrong to keep falling in relative value to its peers.

    I just have a bad feeling with all those high price targets, Apple is going to go in the opposite direction no matter what. I simply do not understand why Apple keeps getting flushed into the toilet. The company does not appear to be doing that badly to be constantly sold off. But if investors can make more money from investing in companies that do give returns, I can see their point.

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