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The U.S. industrial production fell 0.2% in Sept. after declining 0.1% in Aug., according to the Federal Reserve. Manufacturing output decreased for the second straight month by 0.1%. Mining index fell 2%, while utilities index rose 1.3%. Industrial sector's capacity utilization slid 0.3 points to 77.5% in Sept. from 77.8% in Aug.
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%."