Apple’s leading Innovation Breakthrough followed by outstanding Q2 Fiscal Financial Results of 2018

“If you’re going to make connections which are innovative… you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does.” – Steve Jobs

Highlights:

  • Apple on the way to a breakthrough – carbon-free aluminum smelting
  • Financial Results for fiscal Q2 of 2018
  • Q3 Financial Guidance
  • Industrial comparison 

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Apple on the way to a breakthrough – carbon-free aluminum smelting method

Aluminum is a key material in many of Apple’s most popular products, and for more than 130 years, it’s been produced the same way. Aluminum giants Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminum announced a joint project to commercialize original technology that eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process. This is a key step in aluminum production that if fully developed and implemented, will strengthen the closely integrated Canada-United States aluminum and manufacturing industries.

As part of Apple’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products through innovation, the company helped accelerate the development of this technology. Apple has partnered with both aluminum companies, and the Governments of Canada and Quebec, to collectively invest a combined $144 million to future R&D.  “Apple is committed to advancing technologies that are good for the planet and help protect it for generations to come,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

This follows Apple’s announcement last month that all of its facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy and 23 of its suppliers have committed to do the same.

 

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Q2 Financial Results of 2018

On May 1st, 2018, Apple announces its financial Q2 results of 2018. Apple achieved a quarterly revenue of $61.1 billion, 16% increase from Q2 of 2017, quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.73, up 30%, and generated over $15 billion in operating cash flow. International sales accounted for 65% of the quarter’s revenue. In Q2, iPhone X was sold more than any other iPhone each week and the company’s revenue in all geographic segments grew, with over 20% growth in Greater China and Japan. As for this financial Q2 report, Apple’s board has approved a new $100 billion share repurchase authorization and a 16% increase in their quarterly dividend. Reflecting the approved increase, the board has also declared a cash dividend of $0.73 per share of Apple’s common stock.

Apple is expected to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. From the inception of its capital return program in August 2012 through March 2018, Apple has returned $275 billion to shareholders, including $200 billion in share repurchases.

The Company will complete the execution of the previous $210 billion share repurchase authorization during Q3.

Q3 of 2018 Financial Guidance

  • Revenue between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion
  • Gross Margin between 38% and 38.5%
  • Operating Expenses between $7.7 billion and $7.8 billion
  • Other Income/(Expense) of $400 million
  • Tax Rate of approximately 14.5%

Following the above AAPL stock increased by 12% and my assumption is that it will continue to grow given the high revenues and increasing sales with each quarter of 2018.

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Industrial Comparison

Apple Q2 of 2018 Electronics Industry Q1 of 2018
Revenue Quarterly Growth 16% 11.2%
Gross margin 13.75% 58.12%
Operating Income 12.75% 22.59%
Net income 25.33% -45.77%

Presented above is the industrial average growth comparison with Apple’s Q2 growth results of 2018. As shown, one can see that Apple is above the industry average growth in Revenue quarterly growth by about 5% and in Net income Apple is up 71% compared to the industry average.

Today, in my point of view, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide all-in-one experiences with all Apple devices and inspire people with advanced services such as App Store, Apple Music, iCloud etc. Therefore, based on Apple’s advancing technology techniques and growing results I believe AAPL stock will go up in the long term and increase a “buy”, priority over its competitors.

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My long-term estimation for AAPL is supported by an optimistic one-year forecast from I Know First. The 1-year forecast illustrates a signal of 52.89 and a predictability of 0.7. The 0.7 predictability score for AAPL is saying I Know First’s self-learning Artificial Intelligence has a long history of correctly predicting the one-year market performance of AAPL.

Past I Know First forecast success with Apple

I Know First has made accurate prediction on Apple on August 3, 2017

AAPL is with 21.5% gain since this bullish forecast.

This bullish forecast for AAPL sent to the current I Know First subscribers on August 3, 2017

 

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I Know First Algorithm Heat-map Explanation

This indicator represents the predicted movement direction/trend. The signal strength indicates how much the current price deviates from what the system considers a balance or “fair” price.

The signal strength is the absolute value of the current prediction of the system. The signal can have a positive (increase), or negative (drop) sign. The heat map is arranged according to the signal strength with strongest up signals at the top. The table colors are indicative of the signal. Green indicates to the positive signal and red indicates a negative signal. A deeper color means a stronger signal and a lighter color equals a weaker signal. The sign of the signal tells in which direction the asset price is expected to go (positive = to go up = Long, negative = to drop = Short), the signal strength is related to the magnitude of the expected return and is used for ranking purposes of the investment opportunities.

Predictability measures the importance of the signal. The predictability is the historical relationship between the prediction and the actual market movement for that particular market. For each asset this indicator is recalculated daily. Theoretically the predictability ranges from minus one to plus one. The higher this number is the more predictable the particular asset is. In comparison to different time ranges, predictability will be higher for longer time. This means that longer-range signals are more accurate.

Predictability is a unique indicator of the I Know First algorithm which allows users to focus on the most predictable assets according to the algorithm. One should focus on predictability levels significantly above 0 in order to trust the signal, when ranging between -1 and 1.

Apple Stock Outlook Based on Genetic Algorithms: Returns up to 49.62% in 1 Year

Apple Stock Outlook

The Computer Industry Stocks Package is designed for investors and analysts who need predictions of the best-performing stocks for the whole Computer Industry. It includes 20 stocks with bullish and bearish signals and indicates the best stocks to buy in the computer industry for deep learning trading:

  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the long position
  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the short position

Computer Industry
Package Name: Computer Industry Stocks
Recommended Positions: Long
Forecast Length: 1 Year (08/16/2016 – 08/16/2017)
I Know First Average: 39.46%
Deep Learning Trading

This Computer Industry Stocks Package forecast had correctly predicted 10 out of 10 stock movements. The top performing prediction from this package was MU with a return of 97.62%. ADSK, and AAPL had notable returns of 75.44% and 49.62%. The package’s overall average return was 39.46%, providing investors with a 26.77% premium over the S&P 500’s return of 12.69% during the same period.

Micron Technology, Inc. (MU) through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets dynamic random access memory chips (DRAMs), very fast static random access memory chips (SRAMs), Flash Memory, other semiconductor components, and memory modules. It is a part of the Semiconductor Devices industry.

Algorithmic traders utilize these daily forecasts by the I Know First market prediction system as a tool to enhance portfolio performance, verify their own analysis and act on market opportunities faster. This forecast was sent to current I Know First subscribers.

How to interpret this diagram

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Apple Stock Forecast Based on Algo Trading: Returns up to 50.39% in 1 Year

Apple Stock Forecast

This Hedge Fund Stocks Package is designed for investors and analysts who need predictions of the best-performing stocks according to I Know First’s stock market algorithm. It includes 20 stocks with bullish and bearish signals and indicates the best stocks to long and short based on artificial intelligence trading strategies:

  • Top 10 Hedge Fund stocks for the long position
  • Top 10 Hedge Fund stocks for the short position

hedgefunds
Package Name: Hedge Fund Stocks
Recommended Positions: Long
Forecast Length: 1 Year (08/14/2016 – 08/14/2017)
I Know First Average: 37.67%
Apple Stock Forecast

I Know First’s State of the Art Algorithm accurately forecasted 10 out of 10 trades in this Hedge Fund Stocks Package for the 1 Year time period. The greatest return came from CSX at 84.31%. KERX and AAPL also performed well for this time horizon with returns of 55.24% and 50.39%, respectively. The package itself saw an overall return of 37.67%, providing investors with a 24.77% premium above the S&P 500’s return of 12.90% for the same time period.

CSX Corporation, (CSX), together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in the United States and Canada. The company offers rail services, as well as transports intermodal containers and trailers.

Algorithmic traders utilize these daily forecasts by the I Know First market prediction system as a tool to enhance portfolio performance, verify their own analysis and act on market opportunities faster. This forecast was sent to current I Know First subscribers.

How to interpret this diagram

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Apple Stock Prediction Based on Algorithmic Trading: Returns up to 45.45% in 1 Year

Apple Stock Prediction

The Computer Industry Stocks Package is designed for investors and analysts who need predictions of the best-performing stocks for the whole Computer Industry. It includes 20 stocks with bullish and bearish signals and indicates the best stocks to buy in the computer industry:

  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the long position
  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the short position

Computer Industry
Package Name: Computer Industry Stocks
Recommended Positions: Long
Forecast Length: 1 Year (07/31/2016 – 07/31/2017)
I Know First Average: 49.82%
apple stock prediction

This Computer Industry Stocks Package forecast had correctly predicted 10 out of 10 stock movements. The top performing prediction from this package was INVE with a return of 162.05%. MU, and ADBE had notable returns of 104.66% and 49.69%. AAPL had a return of 45.45%. The package’s overall average return was 49.82%, providing investors with a 36.17% premium over the S&P 500’s return of 13.65% during the same period.

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) develops and manufactures physical access control, identity management, and radio frequency identification systems. The Company’s products are used in corporate employee identification (ID) cards, company email, information technology networks and facility access control, in national ID cards and passports, transport passes, banking and other uses.

Algorithmic traders utilize these daily forecasts by the I Know First market prediction system as a tool to enhance portfolio performance, verify their own analysis and act on market opportunities faster. This forecast was sent to current I Know First subscribers.

How to interpret this diagram

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Apple Stock Outlook Based on Algo Trading: Returns up to 52.91% in 1 Year

Apple Stock Outlook

The Computer Industry Stocks Package is designed for investors and analysts who need predictions of the best-performing stocks for the whole Computer Industry. It includes 20 stocks with bullish and bearish signals and indicates the best stocks to buy in the computer industry:

  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the long position
  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the short position

Computer Industry
Package Name: Computer Industry Stocks
Recommended Positions: Long
Forecast Length: 1 Year (07/10/2016 – 07/10/2017)
I Know First Average: 45.55%
Apple Stock Outlook

The algorithm correctly predicted 10 out 10 of the suggested trades in the Computer Industry Stocks Package for this 1 Year forecast. INVE was the highest-earning trade with a return of 165.99% in 1 Year. Additional high returns came from MU and AAPL, at 141.68% and 52.91% respectively. The package had an overall average return of 45.55%, providing investors with a 31.58% premium over the S&P 500’s return of 13.97% during the period.

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) develops and manufactures physical access control, identity management, and radio frequency identification systems. The Company’s products are used in corporate employee identification (ID) cards, company email, information technology networks and facility access control, in national ID cards and passports, transport passes, banking and other uses.

Algorithmic traders utilize these daily forecasts by the I Know First market prediction system as a tool to enhance portfolio performance, verify their own analysis and act on market opportunities faster. This forecast was sent to current I Know First subscribers.

How to interpret this diagram

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Apple Stock Price Prediction Based on a Self-learning Algorithm: Return of 53.14% in 1 Year

Apple Stock Price Prediction

This Hedge Fund Stocks Package is designed for investors and analysts who need predictions of the best-performing stocks according to I Know First’s stock market algorithm. It includes 20 stocks with bullish and bearish signals and indicates the best stocks to long and short based on artificial intelligence trading strategies:

  • Top 10 Hedge Fund stocks for the long position
  • Top 10 Hedge Fund stocks for the short position

hedgefunds
Package Name: Hedge Fund Stocks
Recommended Positions: Long
Forecast Length: 1 Year (07/05/2016 – 07/05/2017)
I Know First Average: 41.58%
Systematic Trading

This Hedge Fund Stocks Package forecast had correctly predicted 9 out of 10 stock movements. The top performing prediction from this package was CSX with a return of 114.20%. URI, and AAPL had notable returns of 71.63% and 53.14%. The package’s overall average return was 41.58%, providing investors with a 25.91% premium over the S&P 500’s return of 15.67% during the same period.

CSX Corporation, (CSX), together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in the United States and Canada. The company offers rail services, as well as transports intermodal containers and trailers.

Algorithmic traders utilize these daily forecasts by the I Know First market prediction system as a tool to enhance portfolio performance, verify their own analysis and act on market opportunities faster. This forecast was sent to current I Know First subscribers.

How to interpret this diagram

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Apple Stock News: Apple Lands In Taiwan

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $145.83 on, June 28th, 2017. It had a gain of 1.45% from its previous close on June 27, 2017, at $143.74 per share.

Source: https://www.apple.com/tw/

This Saturday, Apple will open a new store in Taipei marking the company’s debut in the country.

The store will be home of the new “Today at Apple” program, designed for costumer to develop their creative and artistic side. Taipei 101 will offer more than 60 hands-on sessions on various topics such as photography and video, art and design, music, coding and more.

Structure-wise, there will be a video wall at the center of the place, contributing to a very dynamic atmosphere. Interactive displays will instead cover the store’s walls and will be dedicated to music, photography, apps and more. Finally, in Taipei 101. there will be a space totally destined to entrepreneurs:”The Boardroom”. There, they will hold regular training sessions.

To celebrate the opening, artist Yang Shih-yi will showcase a big and elaborate tree cutout designed to welcome people into the store and emphasize the tree as the place theme. The same design currently decorates the boarding, protecting the store from sight as construction terminates.

According to Apple’s Taiwanese website, the store will open on Saturday, July 1.

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Apple Price Forecasting Based on Genetic Algorithms: Returns up to 55.91% in 1 Year

Apple Price Forecasting

The Computer Industry Stocks Package is designed for investors and analysts who need predictions of the best-performing stocks for the whole Computer Industry. It includes 20 stocks with bullish and bearish signals and indicates the best stocks to buy in the computer industry:

  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the long position
  • Top 10 Computer Industry stocks for the short position

Computer Industry
Package Name: Computer Industry Stocks
Recommended Positions: Long
Forecast Length: 1 Year (05/27/2016 – 05/27/2017)
I Know First Average: 59.78%
Apple Price Forecasting

During the 1 Year forecasted period several picks in the Computer Industry Stocks Package saw significant returns. The algorithm had correctly predicted 9 out 10 stocks. The prediction with the highest return was INVE, at 158.53%. Further notable returns came from MU and SINA at 149.04% and 106.48%, respectively. The Computer Industry Stocks package had an overall average return of 59.78%, providing investors with a premium of 44.20% over the S&P 500’s return of 15.58%.

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) develops and manufactures physical access control, identity management, and radio frequency identification systems. The Company’s products are used in corporate employee identification (ID) cards, company email, information technology networks and facility access control, in national ID cards and passports, transport passes, banking and other uses.

Algorithmic traders utilize these daily forecasts by the I Know First market prediction system as a tool to enhance portfolio performance, verify their own analysis and act on market opportunities faster. This forecast was sent to current I Know First subscribers.

How to interpret this diagram

Please note-for trading decisions use the most recent forecast. Get today’s forecast and Top stock picks.

Apple Price Prediction Based on AI: Returns up to 62.05% in 1 Year

Apple Price Prediction

This Hedge Fund Stocks Package is designed for investors and analysts who need predictions of the best-performing stocks according to I Know First’s stock market algorithm. It includes 20 stocks with bullish and bearish signals and indicates the best stocks to long and short based on artificial intelligence trading strategies:

  • Top 10 Hedge Fund stocks for the long position
  • Top 10 Hedge Fund stocks for the short position

hedgefunds
Package Name: Hedge Fund Stocks
Recommended Positions: Long
Forecast Length: 1 Year (05/24/2016 – 05/24/2017)
I Know First Average: 42.16%
Stock Price Predictor

In this 1 Year forecast for the Hedge Fund Stocks Package, there were many high performing trades and the algorithm correctly predicted 10 out 10 stocks. The top-performing prediction in this forecast was CSX, which registered a return of 109.16%. Other notable stocks were URI and AAPL with a return of 70.58% and 62.05%. The package had an overall average return of 42.16%, providing investors with a premium of 24.76% over the S&P 500’s return of 17.40% during the same period.

CSX Corporation, (CSX), together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in the United States and Canada. The company offers rail services, as well as transports intermodal containers and trailers.

Algorithmic traders utilize these daily forecasts by the I Know First market prediction system as a tool to enhance portfolio performance, verify their own analysis and act on market opportunities faster. This forecast was sent to current I Know First subscribers.

How to interpret this diagram

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Apple Stock News: Airbag, Star Wars and More

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $143.34 on Friday, April 7, 2017. It had a loss of 0.22% from its previous close of $143.66 per share.

Apple Stock News

Apple imagined some Airbag in order to protect the iPhone from falls. The company already filed a patent for an automatic bumper. The principle of this protection would be based on four little retractable end caps. When the Gyroscope and the accelerometer of the iPhone identifies an accelerated movement to the background, the system is activated. Thus, the four bumpers come out of the phone and act as shock absorbers. In the future, these end caps could even save the phone from sinking in water and act as a buoy.

There’s a gap between patent and industrialization. In order to protect the company’s secrets, the company has filed patents under the name of their engineers. Moreover, in the past other, Apple filed other surprising patents for a holographic projection system comparable to the one seen in Star Wars.  The future seems to be interesting as we wait anxiously for these patents to one day become reality.

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