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$MTRX said in 4Q16, gross profit of $34.1MM was down from $40.4MM in 4Q15. Consolidated GM was 9.5%. The decline in gross profit and margins was primarily due to continued headwinds in the Electrical segment. In 4Q16, $MTRX repurchased $5MM worth of stock bringing FY16 share repurchases to $10.5MM. Cash balance was $72MM at 4Q16-end.
Apple ($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%."