Apple posted record iPhone sales in the holiday quarter, but fell short of more optimistic Wall Street expectations, sending shares down eight percent in after-hours trading.

The iPhone and iPad maker on Monday reported quarterly earnings of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per share, on revenue of $57.6 billion.

The revenue figure was generally in line with what analysts were expecting, while earnings were ahead of the consensus forecast. However, the iPhone sales of 51 million units, while a record, were below the average 54 million units that some analysts were expecting. The company’s revenue forecast for the coming quarter also failed to meet expectations.

Shares of Apple were down more than eight percent in after-hours trading after the report, bouncing around $505, down about $45.

Analysts had been expecting the company to report earnings of around $14.09 a share, on revenue of $57.47 billion. Apple itself had projected revenue of between $55 million and $58 million when it issued its last quarterly earnings report in October.

The company sold 51 million iPhones, up from 47.8 million in the year-ago quarter, along with 26 million iPads, up from 22.9 million a year ago. Mac sales totaled 4.8 million, up from 4.1 million a year ago.

“We love having the most satisfied, loyal and engaged customers, and are continuing to invest heavily in our future to make their experiences with our products and services even better,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

For the current quarter, which runs through the end of March, Apple has forecast revenue of between $42 billion and $44 billion, along with gross profit margins of 37 percent to 38 percent. Some analysts had been looking for a higher revenue outlook, and that also pressured shares.

In addition to the financial results, Apple announced a $3.05 per-share dividend. Apple noted that the company returned $7.7 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the December quarter, which also generated $22.7 billion in cash flow.

Apple will hold a conference call at 2 pm PT to discuss the earnings.


I really need to get a job as an analyst. It is the only job that I know of where you can make a blatant guess at something, and if you are wrong it is the company that you guessed about that is punished.

This isn't insanity it is lunacy.

Dorkus Maximus
Dorkus Maximus

Once again Wall Street shows its irrationality in trashing Apple's stock after the company beat expectations. 

Apple should go back to low-balling its guidance. Tell Wall Street it no longer expects anyone to buy an iPhone. Tell the analysts it may have to stop making iPads. Tell the bankers that the Macbook Air may have been a big mistake. I doubt the market would react any less harshly than it does to hearing that  Apple had record sales and profits.


So predictable.  Apple has record sales.  Apple meets its own forecast.  Apple shows new product.  Stock price goes down.

ANALysts are to blame for delusionally optimistic predictions.  It happens every single year.

Of course:

Samsung had flat sales and lost profits. Their stock may go up.

Amazon will lose money and will never profit.  Their stock will go up.

Google will lose ad revenue.  Their stock will go up.



@mknopp You'd likely be more accurate than many large institution investors. Their predictions made from supply chain analysis are regularly wrong by tens of millions of units.


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