slated to release its first-quarter numbers today, which analysts are expecting
will continue in the trajectory
of the previous quarter and many before it -- spectacular growth. But
this time around, the numbers will be "tempered by growing caution over
how supply constraints will squeeze margins and restrain iPhone and iPad
sales," Reuters reports.
addition to the devastating losses within the country, the disaster in Japan --
stemming from a category-9 earthquake that hit the island nation in early March
-- has caused
worldwide component shortages and hampered numerous industries,
particularly the consumer electronic market.
biggest concern at the moment is quite short term in nature and that revolves
around the supply chain that is a global issue following the catastrophe in
Japan," Hudson Square Research Analyst Daniel Ernst told Reuters.
"We are all interested to learn how Apple is managing that."
to the report, analysts predict Apple will either pay higher prices for
components, or it might struggle to get enough of its products to market to
meet demand. The timing also marks the first time that its quarterly earnings
are announced under CEO Tim Cook, while Steve
Jobs is on medical leave of absence.
Apple seems to be alright, especially after the recent news of the iPhone
5 in the pipeline for a September release. "The demand for Apple
products is incredible, the company has managed the business very well in terms
of cost and margin progression and new R&D, product launches," Ernst
said. "So the long-term story looks fantastic."
recently filed against Samsung, Apple said it had sold over 19 million
iPads by March 2011. Those numbers suggest that it sold 4.2 million units in
the second quarter.
expected to report earnings of $5.35 a share on revenue of $23.3 billion,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Shares of its stock closed up
$6.01, or 1.81 percent, at $337.9 Tuesday, although it has slipped slightly
since the Nasdaq announced plans to rebalance the Nasdaq 100 composite index.