Apple Stock Plunges to $400 After Supplier Warns of Weak Sales
April 17, 2013 2:23 PM
comment(s) - last by
Stock briefly dips below $400 USD, analyst predicts earnings miss
After quarters of confounding Wall Street "expert" analysts with better-than-expected earnings, could Apple, Inc. (
) be on the verge of a highly uncharacteristic miss of its own earnings target? That's what Citigroup Inc. (
) analyst Glen Yeung predicted in his
, citing supplier information as pointing to weaker-than-expected iPhone and iPad sales.
That prediction has been boosted by Cirrus Logic Inc. (
), which provides audio chips for the iPhone and iPad. Cirrus
investors Wednesday in its fiscal fourth quarter earnings results that its margins had weakened and that it was taking a large charge on unsold inventory of audio chips.
Cirrus's chip stock fluctuates primarily with the sales of its largest customer Apple's devices. Thus the large stock of unsold chips indicates weak sales of Apple's flagship devices.
Vernon Essi Jr., an analyst at Needham & Comp. told
The Wall Street Journal
, "[The warning] indicates that the recent fears of Apple's lackluster iPhone demand...are warranted."
Since the passing of iconic leader and late CEO Steven P. Jobs, Apple has continued to grow steadily under the quiet leadership of new CEO Tim Cook, but some fear the company is losing its marketing luster. Apple's faces tough competition from Android rivals --
Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) and Google Inc. (GOOG) -- who have been more aggressive in updating their products' hardware and software.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has voiced concern about his company's plunging share prices.
[Image Source: Bloomberg]
Apple, which last year bumped the screen size of its iPhone to 4-inches, has largely been coasting on a "if-it-isn't-broken-don't-fix-it" approach to its operating system. While sales were strong last quarter, investors
hammered the company's stock
, concerned about
For a while it looked like $420 was a solid floor that the stock would resist breaking through. But amid the supplier warning Apple's stock plunged briefly below $400 USD. It is currently trading around $403 USD. Apple has lost over a quarter trillion dollars in market capitalization over the last half year, since hitting a record $700 USD per share last September.
Overall, the tech sector was down on Wednesday, but Apple's stock sunk more than most, dipping over 5 percent on the bad news. Rival Google Inc.'s (
) stock is trading around $780 USD, down ~1.5 percent. Google's market capitalization is currently around two-thirds that of Apple, as its stock hovers around record highs of $800 USD per share.
Cirrus Logic [press release]
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Poor, poor Tony
4/17/2013 9:18:29 PM
I have a 110" projection TV and sit 15ft away from it and I cant see the pixels so I doubt a 5" screen held at 15 inches Im going to see the pixels or care. If its quality worth watching Im going to watch it at 110" not 5". You don't see movie theaters handing out 5" screens to watch.
RE: Poor, poor Tony
4/17/2013 9:41:19 PM
If you dont see them and dont care then dont buy one. I need more than 1280x720 for productivity sake 1st... 2nd I like sharper picture quality. clearly alot of people want that, becasue every high end phone announced this year has it, so they can ALL be for me (although, I do have that fantasy)
"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Samsung to Break Another Profit Record, Creeps Closer to Apple
April 5, 2013, 12:34 PM
Report: Apple Stock Fall Causes Domino Effect on Its Carrier, Supplier Chokehold
January 29, 2013, 2:10 PM
Apple Earnings Worry Investors; Stock Falls 10 Percent
January 23, 2013, 7:06 PM
Quick Note: Apple Watch to Get Brick and Mortar Boost From Best Buy
July 27, 2015, 3:00 PM
Can HTC Save Its "RE Grip" Smartband After Its Inexplicable Failure Launch?
July 17, 2015, 2:29 PM
Facebook's "Moneypenny" is Cross Platform Siri on Steroids
July 15, 2015, 3:59 PM
Apple Watch Sales Have Plummeted
July 8, 2015, 5:01 PM
Consumer Reports: Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Can't Keep Up w/ Galaxy S5
July 6, 2015, 4:57 PM
Apple iOS 8.4 Rolls Out w/ Fix to Crash-Causing Unicode Text
June 30, 2015, 3:24 PM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft July 29 Windows 10 Launch: Freebies, Rollout, and What's Next
July 21, 2015, 2:40 PM
As iPad Sales Wane and Watch Flops, iPhone Saves Apple's Profit With Its Heroics
July 22, 2015, 6:13 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Mozilla and Facebook to Adobe: It's Time to Kill Flash
July 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Google Scores Bizarre Court Win as Disgruntled Android Users' Lawyers Ruin Case
July 16, 2015, 5:58 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information