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In 1Q16, $GD had $439MM net cash provided by operating activities. After Capex of $65MM, the company had $374MM of free cash flow from operations. Operating earnings were up 2.5% over 1Q15 on the strength of a 40BP improvement in margins. Sequentially, revenue was down 1.1% but operating earnings were up $17MM on a 30BP improvement in margin.
Apple ($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%."