Apple’s Earnings Should Ease Any Investor Worries

Published on April 23, 2012
by John Paczkowski

If Apple is prepping to post another quarter of blowout financials when it reports earnings on Tuesday, you certainly wouldn’t know it from the company’s recent stock performance. Last Friday, Apple shares slipped into correction, falling as low as $572 apiece — down more than 10 percent from the all-time high of $644 they had reached just 10 days prior.

Is this simply a buying opportunity ahead of another monster quarter?

That seems to be the consensus among the majority of analysts following the company, who expect big things from Apple come Tuesday. As of Saturday, the Street’s consensus estimate was for earnings of $10 per share on sales of $36.63 billion.

And despite whatever concerns have been addling investors the past week or so, it’s highly unlikely that Apple is going to miss those numbers. With the iPhone 4S selling well and demand for the new iPad running high, a soft quarter just isn’t in the cards. If there is an area of weakness, it will likely be in Macs, where sales might be softer than usual in anticipation of an expected refresh of the line this summer.

But beyond that? Probably not much to worry about, and we can likely anticipate another strong quarter.

“Based on our supply chain checks, we anticipate a sizeable EPS beat based on iPhone and iPad strength despite Macs likely coming in a little light,” said Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu. “We believe concerns over slowing iPhone and iPad momentum are overdone and are buyers on recent share weakness.”

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