Apple's stock down more than 5% after reporting earnings miss

Apple's stock down more than 5% after reporting earnings miss
Shares of Apple were down sharply in after-hours trading after the tech company reported weaker than expected fiscal third quarter earnings. With Wall Street analysts expecting the company to report $10.37 a share in profits, the actual figure came out to $9.32 a share. It was a substantial miss for a company that often downplays its expectations in order to make quarterly reports beat analyst's estimates. Revenue, at $35 billion, also missed expectations for the three month period. The numbers still came in ahead of last year's numbers which included revenue of $28.6 billion and net profit of $7.79 per share.

Gross margin for the third quarter was 42.8%, up from last year's 41.7%. 26 million Apple iPhone units were sold in the quarter, up 28% from last year. Apple iPad units sold came out to 17 million for an 84% increase over last years' figure. Analysts had expected Apple to sell 28 million units of its smartphone and 16 million tablets in the period. In after-hours activity, Apple's shares were trading at $570.00, down $30.92. The 52 week high for the shares is $644 with the 52 week low at $353.02. 

Apple also plunged the pin deeper into the balloon by predicting revenue of $34 billion and earnings of $7.65 a share for the current fiscal quarter, both well below analysts estimates. And while Apple does like to massage expectations lower, as we already pointed out, these figures go well beyond gaming the analyst's numbers. This most likely means that Apple won't be launching the next iteration of the Apple iPhone until October when the new fiscal year begins for Apple. If the Apple iPhone were to be launched September 21st as the latest speculation suggests, the company would have had higher expectations for the current three month period which includes September.

source: WSJ, MarketWrap, AllThingsD

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67 Comments

1. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

I think we now know why Apple is asking for 2.525 billion from Sammy now.

34. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Apple made $8.8 billions in profit stock is nothing compare to cash in hand of $120 billions.

40. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Would it be too much to say people are getting smarter with technology and buying Android products. :)

57. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I guess they are waiting for the next iPhone.

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol here we go!!!!

3. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

I think the lawsuits are what's damaging the company.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, the lawyers are making out like bandits.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

naw i believe its what everyone expected it to be... upgrades are being held for the iPhone 5. as well as some of those sells were lost to high end android phones.

19. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Maybe not. I'd expect that more of Q3 with Apple putting the 4S on sale to dump inventory for the 5. Q2 was still sufficiently far away from that.

4. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

35. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Another info from reuters which is a great unbiased opinion from an EU reporter... http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/24/us-apple-earnings-idUSBRE86N1GL20120724

47. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

How is a finance website showing biased opinions. Analysts look at the trends and what not and make a prediction of where it could be. It just so happens they didn't meet the set expectations. Doesn't mean Bloomberg is biased.

5. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Great time to buy Apple stocks if yu ask me. As soon as the next iPhone is released the stock will probably be at an all-time high!

7. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Not likely, sky-rocketing, but might be lucky to hit 12-13 bucks a share.

10. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

true indeed... lets go in 50/50...

41. MeoCao unregistered

My opinion is you have to sell Apple stock now. The power of Apple depends on iOS. We can see that JB has far surpassed iOS6 as the best mobile OS and Tim Cook lacks the vision and skill of Steve Jobs to guide the development. That's why Tim Cook is concentrating his energy on law suits.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

They still grew, but they sold almost 10 million less iPhones this quarter than last. That's a drop of a third. I doubt it's all due to anticipation of the iPhone 6.

9. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

I am buying more in the morning. They have set another record earnings for and sales. Wall Street had too high of expectations hence the sell off.

12. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Have fun with that $600 dollars a share. But we're only talking a %0.48 drop. It's typical for a companies stock to go down like that before a new product is dropped.

13. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

do some research with your fancy android phone and you will see the P/E ratio screams buy. $600 is a bargain for the long term.

24. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

1. I have a windows phone. 2. $600 may be a bargain to you, but like most people in the US, $600 would determine if I still have a place to live or not. But, I'm not arguing that it won't skyrocket or this is a bad deal at all. Sorry for the confusion bud.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

times like this is when its a good time to buy. Actually, I'd wait for the next quarterly to see to buy. If they miss again, its going to be a nice little cascade down. Then you hold onto it until the i5 gets released in the fall/christmas and watch the stock rise a bit. Then again, apple's biggest gains are probably over. In order for a 20% rise in stock price to happen they would have to basically make tens to hundreds of billions more than they do. If you got in while apple was cheap, your a gazillionaire. Buying it now is more of a performing stable stock. If you want to make real money you need to stick to smaller stocks on the verge of a major announcement and hope for the best.

25. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Like Nokia with the WP8. $1.79 a share right now. Watch the WP8 jump it to around 7-8 a share. Increase is an increase and that easy money and not really that risky. You'll loos maybe 100-200 bucks instead of like 10-20,000.

43. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I WISH I woulda bought Apple stock back in the day..... I can hate on the company for their lawsuits and business practices.....but like the saying goes....money talks and.....bs walks.

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

very true. the only downside is that they dont pay dividends to shareholders like they should on their profits like most companies anywhere near that size do. Greedy bastards. I hate the word "greedy" with businesses, but with apple its extremely accurate. MS, Nokia, Asus, and Samsung are stocks I'd be watching right now. Samsung is touch n go. It has a steady rise now ,but a bad judicial verdict will reverse that. However good anti-apple verdicts will raise the price further while squashing apple's just a bit. (and if they do get a bad verdict, let it ride down past the next quarterly earnings and buy it at a discount, because it will rise again) Asus has had a steady rise in sales every year.. and If/when Windows 8 takes off MS and Nokia will be by far the biggest recipients. I would buy nokia's stock about a week before their first official W8 unvieling.. especially if it is a W8 phone with that Pureview camera on it. Then just let it ride and see where it goes. By the time W8 gets to 10% market penetration, Nokia's share price should be up 200-300% plus. The big money is on the small stocks, not the big ones... but they come with bigger risk. The long term steady but slower gains are on the big stocks. risk vs return.

15. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Apple is screwed :D:D:D:D:D

22. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

You are quite dumb.

16. marchels14 unregistered

ha ha ha ha.

17. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

KARMA is B!tch!!!

18. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

I am willing to bet the majority of you that claim to hate apple have an ipod, ipad or even an iphone.

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