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$ATNI'S BoD authorized repurchase of up to $50MM of its common stock. The new authorization replaces existing $5MM repurchase authority adopted in 2004. In addition, $ATNI's BoD declared a quarterly dividend of $0.34 per share, payable on Oct. 7, 2016, to stockholders of record as of Sept. 30, 2016. This represents a 6.3% rise over last quarter.
Apple ($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%."