For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – October 21, 2009 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Apple Inc. (AAPL), China Unicom (CHU), Nokia (NOK), Research In Motion (RIMM) and Palm Inc. (PALM).
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Here are highlights from Tuesday’s AnalystBlog:
Apple: 2nd Highest Growth Ever
Apple Inc. (AAPL) released Snow Leopard, the latest upgrade to the Apple Mac operating system in the quarter. In addition, Apple announced new upgrades to its iTunes and the iPod digital media players at a media event in Sep. The company plans to release iPhones in China via China Unicom (CHU) and entered into a three-year agreement to sell the iPhone 3G and 3GS in the country. We continue to believe that Apple will outperform its peers, given its strong iPhone sales and new product launches.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Apple expects revenue in the range of $11.3 billion to $11.6 billion. EPS is expected to be in the range of $1.70 to $1.78. While this is below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.92, the company traditionally gives extremely conservative guidance.
Apple posted impressive results in the quarter, fueled by strong Mac and iPhone sales. The company has undergone a total turnaround from a loss of 7 cents per share in 2001 to a profit of $6.29 per share in fiscal year 2009. Apple reported strong 2009 results with increased revenue and earnings growth despite the recession, while its rivals Nokia (NOK), Research In Motion (RIMM) and Palm Inc. (PALM) are still struggling to recover from the recession’s impact on consumer spending.
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