Now AAPL is notorious for low balling guidance so analysts are always trying to figure out how much more they have to up their targets from AAPL's guidance. Last quarter AAPL predicted they would make 6.40/share. Analysts had raised their targets all the way up to 7.39 before earnings.
AAPL disappointed on iPhone sales selling 17.1 million iPhones while analysts were expecting 18-20 million. Sales were especially disappointing in September as consumers awaited the new iPhone 4S.
iPad sales were 11.1 million which was disappointing to analysts as well. iTunes had revenue of 1.5 billion in the quarter. The company sold 4.89 million Macs in the quarter. Revenue from the AAPL stores was 3.6 billion. iPhone 4S sales were 4 million in their first three days!
Wall Street was disappointed in the past quarter but I don't think it's anything to get scared about. After all that was LAST quarter's results...what is more important was their guidance which they raised to 9.30/share for this upcoming quarter. To me, the stock was unfairly beaten up. AAPL is not one of those high flying momo stocks with a 50 PE. AAPL is still growing, raised it's guidance and isn't that expensive to boot. This pullback is a good buying opportunity.
Well today was shaping up to be a pretty blah day in the markets until the Fed's Beige Book report. The Fed's Beige Book report is a report on the economic conditions across the country according to the Fed's analysis and it can give an insight into the Fed's thinking regarding the economy. Traders sold stocks after the report painted a gloomy picture of our current economic circumstances. We finished lower by 72 points on the DOW after being higher by as much earlier in the day.
SPY once again fell back from resistance and is having real trouble getting past this resistance area between 1220-1230. My little red line is like a brick wall for stocks...
After disappointing investors yesterday with their meager earnings, AAPL traded down over 5%. Once more, the little red line was like a brick wall.
One more thing I have my eye on is gold. Gold went into bubble territory in August, then sold off massively in September but was still able to hold it's trendline which I identify as the 150 day moving average. Gold is still in a bullish configuration and I am looking to add to it now that everyone has forgotten about it. The trendline is at 15.62 and I have placed a limit order at 15.80 to purchase some gold. I think gold's bullish fundamentals remain intact(money printing, race to the bottom for currencies, higher than normal inflation around the globe) so gold should be bought on this dip.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this blog should be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell any securities! Please do your own due dilligence before buying any stocks or bonds!