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$EW is raising its guidance for full-year 2016 THV sales to be $100MM higher than last quarter's forecast. The company now expects THV sales to be $1.5-1.7Bil. $EW expects sales for Surgical Heart Valve to be $780-820MM. Sales for Critical Care are expected to be $540-580MM. Free cash flow, ex special items, is expected to be $500-600MM.
Apple ($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%."