Apple Stock News: Apple Surges 13.5% Amid Easing Tensions

Summary

  • Apple market volatility will continue to be dictated by China trade woes and other political news
  • iPhone Sales down 25% in China
  • WWDC garners mixed headlines and negative press from $1000 monitor stand

Exposure to China

Given that China alone accounts for approximately 20% of Apple’s net sales and manufactures its products there, it has significant exposure to their economy and trade between China and the US which accounts for approximately 40% of their sales. In light of current looming trade disputes and a slowdown in the Chinese economy, Apple has suffered significant declines there. In the trailing 6 month period ending March 30, 2019, Apple suffered a 25% decline in sales in China year over year from $30,980,000,000 to $23,387,000,000. Although other regional sectors of the business also experienced some decline, China was the worst performer by far. In the same time period, European sales declines 4%, Japanese declined 2%, Asian Pacific declines 2%, and the Americas is the only area that showed growth at 4% . Whereas the general small declines in sales are due to a mature smartphone market with growing competition where Apple represents the priciest option, Apple’s slump in China can be attributes to macroeconomic factors. In light of these general declines, Apple is becoming more proactive and aggressive in marketing and selling its iPhones. A recent tactic has been to offer 0% financing .

Huawei Competition

In the first quarter of 2019, Huawei overtook Apple as the second largest smartphone maker behind Samsung. Huawei shipped 39.3 million phones in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 59.1 million shipments in quarter 1 of 2019. This growth has come almost exclusively from China while it remains barred by the Government from doing business in the US, Apple’s crown jewel within global markets. In the scenario that there is a breakdown in trade talks and severe escalation in the trade conflict between the US and China, Apple could be subject to a retaliatory move from the Chinese side. If iPhone sales were banned in China as Huawei is banned in the US, this would immediately wipe 20% off from Apples bottom line and presumably at least that much from its market capitalization.

Looming Antitrust Probes

On June 3, 2019, on the first day of Apple’s much anticipated WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) news broke that Apple was the subject of an antitrust probe along with other big names in tech such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon which triggered an industry wide selloff as the NASDAQ 100 index fell by almost 2% that day.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Summary and Aftermath

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference took place from June 3 through 7 and although Apple headlines were undermined by news of the antitrust probe on the first day of the conference, the conference yielded much positive news and interest. Updates include an overhaul of TVos and Apple TV as well as details regarding iOS 13, MacOSCatalina and the iPadOS which is the operating system for the iPad. Regarding hardware updates and improvements, they announced the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR as well as specs for the new Mac Pro.

This did however garner some controversy and negative press in what can be described as a massive PR blunder. They announced their starting price for their Mac Pro Monitor at $4999 with an optional stand for $1000. Critics described this as everything that’s wrong with Apple and some consumers are frustrated with paying 1000 for what is essentially a piece of metal. Other companies like Microsoft have it included with their monitor. The consensus is that this should have been presented as a $6000 computer which is a fair price considering the alternatives which generally range from $10,000 to $43,000.

Stock Performance Summary

Since bottoming at $170.27 per share on June 3rd following antitrust headlines, the stock has rallied to over $194, almost exactly halfway between the 52 week range of $233.47 and $142.

Apple Stock News: Apple Releases Updates Against Microchip Security Flaw Spectre

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Apple releases security updates for iOS, MacOS, and Safari to protect users from a computer chip vulnerability. Called Spectre, the microchip security flaw, which left computing devices vulnerable to hackers, affected chips from Intel, AMD and Arm. Spectre affected nearly all computer chips made in the last decade.

Less than a week after news stated that Intel, Arm and AMD chips contained the flaw, Apple released the update. The hacking attack could reveal secret information on these devices. For the attack to work, hackers need to install malicious software onto the device in order to make sensitive information, such as passwords and encryption keys, easier to steal.

According to Apple, almost all of its devices are affected by this flaw. Despite the risk that it could expose billions of people’s personal data to cyber criminals, the tech giant affirmed that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw.

The operating system software update is available for Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. Spectre did not affect Apple Watch.

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $174.35 per share on January 8th, 2018. It generated losses of 0.37% from its previous close on January 5th, 2018, when it closed at $175 per share.

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Apple Stock News: Huge Buzz Around Apple’s Annual Developers Conference

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $155.45 on Friday, June 2nd, 2017. It had a gain of 1.48% from its previous close of $153.18 per share.

Apple Stock News

Apple’s (AAPL) annual Worldwide Developers Conference takes place tomorrow, June 5th. The speculation surrounding the event has created quite the buzz, with the company’s stock price moving concurrently.

The peak of interest for most, is news regarding the upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11. The latest version of Apple’s iOS operating system is usually launched at the conference. Although, with a lack of software leaks, there’s little information to go on. Rumors allude to major updates to Siri voice assistant. As well as, group calling to its FaceTime app, enabling Apple to better compete with Skype (MSFT) and Hangouts (GOOGL).

Apple is also expected to release a Siri activated Speaker, which was mentioned in a previous article on May 31st, 2017.

MacOS is expected to receive an update. Not much is known, although it’s expected there will be more iOS compatibility. This update is an expected move from Apple in an attempt to keep iPhone and Mac users satisfied with the level of software compatibility.

With speculation continuing, Bloomberg reports the launch of three new MacBooks. With no new designs expected for the computer’s, expect a few exciting upgrades internally. Versions of a super-slim MacBook, an upgraded MacBook Air and a new MacBook Pro expected.

With all the buzz around tomorrow, it’s no wonder Apple’s stock is performing strongly.

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