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$MMC 2Q15 Q&A: Larry of Janney Montgomery asked about underlying margin change adjusted for headwinds. Michael explains that if you look specifically, say RIS. The overall margin in 2Q15 for the company was flat at 19.9% but year-to-date for the whole company is 21.6%, so it's up 120 BPs on a year-to-date basis.
Apple ($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%."