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Financial data firm $FDS reported a jump in 4Q16 earnings driven by higher revenue as well as a $81.7MM gain related to sale of Market Metrics business in July 2016. Net income rose to $144.31MM or $3.55 per share from $62.18MM or $1.48 per share last year. Revenue grew to $287.3MM from $261.78MM. Adjusted EPS increased 11.9% to $1.69.
Apple ($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%."