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$MET expects pretax run rate expense savings to be $1Bil by 2019-end. This is in excess of approx. $200MM of stranded overhead due to the planned separation. The target comes on top of $1Bil in gross pretax expense saves. On a net basis, the 2012 strategy initiative yielded $600MM in pretax savings that brought down OpEx ratio in the past 4 years.
Apple ($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%."