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$HP's contract drilling backlog as of Sept. 30, 2015 and 2014 was $3.1Bil and $5Bil, respectively. The decrease in backlog is primarily due to the revenue earned since Sept. 30, 2014 and the expiration and termination of long-term contracts. About 60.7% of the total Sept. 30, 2015 backlog is not reasonably expected to be filled in fiscal 2016.
Apple ($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%."