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Apple shares fall in after hours trading

Apple today reported revenue of $28.27B for the fourth quarter and $6.62B in net profit ($7.05 per diluted share). These numbers compare quite favorably to $20.34B and $4.31B ($4.64 per diluted share) for the same quarter last year.
 
Gross margins for Apple during Q4 were 40.3 percent.
 
During the quarter, Apple sold 17.07 million iPhones (21 percent growth year-over-year), 11.12 million iPads (166 percent growth), 4.89 million Mac computers (26 percent growth), and 6.62 million iPods (27 percent decline).

 
“We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108 billion and growing earnings to $26 billion,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customer response to iPhone 4S has been fantastic, we have strong momentum going into the holiday season, and we remain really enthusiastic about our product pipeline.”
 
Speaking of the iPhone 4S, Apple announced yesterday that it sold over four million of the smartphones during its first weekend of availability -- this was over twice the number for the iPhone 4's initial rollout in 2010.
 
Despite the good news coming out Cupertino today, investors weren't too terribly impressed. Analysts were expecting revenue of $29.69B and earnings per share of $7.39. They also expected quarterly iPhones sales to be in the 18 million to 20 million range.

Apple shares are down over $26 in after hours trading.

Sources: Apple, CNBC



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RE: Problem with stock market
By Shig on 10/19/2011 3:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
You are exactly right, 'expectations' have become an utter joke. I mean, you break a record and that's below 'expectations', what the fuck is that?!

Apple provides the world community with an innovative product, what the fuck does Wallstreet provide the world besides massive income inequality and impossible expectations?

Almost everything about the US system is so broken I almost don't even want to think about it, I'm 25 years old and I have very little hope for my country that I love so much :(


RE: Problem with stock market
By mcnabney on 10/19/2011 9:38:00 AM , Rating: 1
What's innovative about 4S?

Besides 'inventing' a number of Android features and stuffing the guts of the iPad2 inside?


RE: Problem with stock market
By seamonkey79 on 10/19/2011 10:49:09 AM , Rating: 2
They're the only ones that still put a physical button on the face of the phone? That's innovative!


RE: Problem with stock market
By Apone on 10/19/2011 12:35:28 PM , Rating: 3
@ Shig

- Income inequality? Broken system? Would you be saying this if you generously profited from investing? Bottom line, this is the essence of Capitalism and anyone who pushes themselves in learning the opportunities and understanding how to exploit and capitalize it can generate solid wealth. It sounds as if you're asking to be spoon-fed the financial success which I'm sorry to say, just ain't gonna' happen unless you hit the lottery.


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