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During 1Q16, $ETR's financing activities provided $1,086MM of cash compared to using $152MM for 1Q15. The increase was mainly due to long-term debt activity providing approx. $966MM of cash in 2016, an increase of $116MM in short-term borrowings, net issuances of $156MM of commercial paper in 2016 and $25MM of common stock repurchased in 2015.
Apple ($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%."