Apple Stock Price Headed Higher Despite Muddled Earnings
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has a strong quarter ahead of it, and plenty of catalysts to drive the Apple stock price higher, but you'd never know it from the reaction to yesterday's (Monday's) earnings report.
Investors, it seems, can't get past an admittedly murky Apple earnings report.Here's why he thinks Apple is going gangbusters...
Today's Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Earnings Preview
In the middle of earnings season, Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) is claiming center stage as it readies to release its fourth-quarter results after the closing bell today (Monday).
Apple stock is up 0.5% at $528.34 today, having risen nearly 25% since its last earnings report, and today's results will include the initial impact of the company's latest iPhone and iPad release. AAPL is trading in a 52-week range of $3.85 to $614.00 and at about 13 times forward earnings.To continue reading, please click here...
Why the Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock Price Will Double from Here
I have such an intense enthusiasm for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) that my collection of the company's products sounds a lot like the lyrics of a famous Christmas song: five iPhones, four wireless routers, three MacBooks, two Apple TVs, and one pair of iPads.
And while my love for the company's products is great, and would certainly be a factor, I can assure you that my analysis of the profit potential posed by Apple stock will be like any other recommendation I make - completely objective.To continue reading, please click here...
Why the Apple Stock Price Is Up – And Going Higher
But just when it looked like the Apple bears might be right, the company started to gain back lost ground.To continue reading, please click here...
Giving China What It Wants Will Spice Up Apple Stock
Apple stock has needed a fresh catalyst for quite some time, and it's about to get one.
In the first of two related developments, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has scheduled an event on Tuesday to unveil its new flagship iPhone 5S as well as a lower-cost version, expected to be called the iPhone 5C.
Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock Hits $500 Thanks to Carl Icahn
You see, Tuesday afternoon, in a single tweet, the legendary 77-year-old activist investor added more than $17.26 billion to Apple's market cap. At 2:21 p.m., pre-tweet, AAPL stock was trading at $475. Following the tweet, shares shot up to $494, before settling the day at $489.57.
Apple iPhone 5 Now a Golden Goose for Verizon and AT&T
Since the debut of the iPhone in 2007, the profit parade has mostly been a one-way street - but after five years, the major wireless carriers finally figured out how to make money with the Apple iPhone 5.
That means another way for you to make money from the iPhone 5, without having to buy Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock.
Apple has raked in billions while first AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), and later Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S), had their margins slammed by the huge subsidies they sent to Cupertino.
But evolving consumer habits and the Apple iPhone 5's addition of LTE network technology will soon change that in a big way.
The carriers are hoping the much higher data transfer speeds of LTE - approximately 10 times faster than 3G - will coax iPhone 5 owners to use more data-heavy functions, particularly video.
"With these great networks coming on, [data] usage is going to go up. Revenues will go up," AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens said at recent media and communications conference.
While the carriers will still have to fork over the same fat subsidies to Apple they always have, the new data equation means they'll make the money back much more quickly. And that will translate into bigger profits.
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Why the Apple iPhone 5’s Lack of Killer Features is Pure Genius
Tech critics predictably pounced on the new Apple iPhone 5 yesterday (Wednesday) even before its debut event had ended.
As often happens with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) product introductions, many had hoped for more whiz-bang new features.
"Apple's Phone has been a trendsetter for half a decade. Now the question is whether it can avoid becoming a bore," lamented The Wall Street Journal.
The Apple iPhone 5 did get a bigger 4-inch screen, 4G LTE connectivity, and a faster A6 processor. But months of rumors and speculation had raised expectations for more dramatic enhancements.
Apple easily could have included some of those much-desired features, such as a mobile wallet chip (also known as NFC, or near-field communications), wireless battery charging, or biometric security (using your voice or fingerprint).
Amid the din of criticism, few are asking why Apple would leave such goodies out of the iPhone 5.
It could be as simple as the new stuff just didn't all fit in the case - the iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest version yet, after all.
Maybe the technology just doesn't work right yet.
But maybe, just maybe, Apple decided to hold a few plum features out of the iPhone 5 because it's mulling a major change to its iPhone business.
What if Apple has decided to modify its upgrade cycle to two iPhones a year instead of just one?
In that case, holding out a few juicy features for a late April-early May upgrade is strategic genius.
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Could QE3 Really Do Less for the Economy Than the iPhone 5?
Investors are eagerly waiting to hear if U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will announce QE3 this week. Bernanke speaks Thursday at the conclusion of the two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and many expect him to announce some form of stimulus to revive the struggling U.S. economy.
But there's another huge event scheduled this week, one that could provide a tool other than printing money for boosting U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).
Believe it or not, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NSYE: JPM) estimate that the Apple iPhone 5, expected to be unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon and on sale by the end of this month, will raise GDP by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of this year.
Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on Fox Business' "Varney & Co." program Tuesday morning to discuss the possibility of this iPhone effect and what it implies.