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$UNP 1Q15 10-Q: Effective tax rate was 38% vs. 38.1% in 1Q14. As of April 17, 2015, there were 875,590,576 shares of UNP’s common stock outstanding. Total no. of shares purchased in 1Q15 was 8,449,477 with avg. price of $118.20. At March 31, 2015, receivables classified as other assets were reduced by allowances of $14MM vs. $16MM at Dec. 31, 2014.
Apple ($AAPL) reported decline in sales and profits from comparable quarter last year, attributing the decline to announcement of iPhone 7/7s. Sales and profit are being guided higher for next quarter. Apple is a solid company and will continue to dominate tech and consumer electronics segment for a while. Personally, looks like there is little downside in this investment.
Waiting with fingers crossed for $AAPL’s fourth quarter earnings.
Looking ahead to $AAPL earnings release later in the afternoon today? Gene Munster, analyst from Piper Jaffrey and the most respected authority for Apple, had this to say - "The second and slightly larger group of investors believe the tail of the iPhone 7 is irrelevant, and is betting that the iPhone 10th Anniversary will yield a jump in growth from flat to up ~15%."