Analyst Consensus: Apple To Guide $1 Below Q2 2013 EST $12.00 Miss Top-Line $6.2 Billion
analysts claim that they wouldn’t be surprised if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) guided March EPS at least a dollar below their Q2 2013 estimate of $12.00 – with revenues in the $41-$44 billion range vs. their estimate of $47.2 billion. For the March quarter, Barclays’ analysts also believe that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will point to downside to the estimate for iPhone unit sales of 41.0 million, up 16.8% y/y and -13.0% q/q in an effort to be conservative. The research firm expect margins to improve on a sequential basis in the March quarter to 39.3% from their 38.4% December quarter estimate.
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The market knows Apple's methods around guidance. They sandbag. Can you post something new? This whole sandbagging topic is nothing new. 1/23 is about Q1. If Apple blows it out, the sandbagging will be taken in stride.
Also, posting under multiple names is worse than spoofing Manti Te'o as his girlfriend for three years. I mean, really, get a life. Of course, fear like you are feeling drives a person to do strange things.
Yes, it's great that expectations have come way down. Now, if they don't guide down the stock will skyrocket. The guide down is already priced into the stock via a 200 point decline on analyst downgrades.