Apple is basically stealing content from artists, writers, and producers just because they are big enough that they can get away with it. It's wrong. Asking artists to go unpaid for 3 months is ridiculous. When a new artist has their first (and maybe only) hit song then it's very unlikely that it will even still be a hit 3 months later.
Apple is just stealing money from these people because they can - like they don't have enough money coming in already. The company needs to step up and do the right thing.
If you read the report it sounds more like an upgrade even though it was moved from a buy to a hold. Stock looks cheap here but I will sit this one out. I'm thinking the Nissan trucks coming out later this year could be a catalyst to get this one moving higher.
Without that they would have SIGNIFICANTLY blown out the quarter. There is NO WAY that loan loss provisions should be 43 percent higher than last year. If that were a realistic number then the entire economy would be in the tank in an almost unimaginable way.
- Sales of $4.5 billion, up 4% from a year ago; 12% growth excluding impact of foreign exchange
- Best ever quarterly core operating earnings of $294 million, up 21%
- Adjusted earnings per share of $2.28, up 24%
- Company operating margin of 6.5%, up from 5.6% a year ago
- Improved margins in both business segments
- Completed acquisition of Eagle Ottawa
- Increased quarterly cash dividend by 25%
- Increased share repurchase authorization to $1 billion
- Returned $134 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends
- Lear credit ratings outlook upgraded to positive by Standard & Poor's
However - an analyst predicted revenues would be 4.56 billion and they came in at 4.52 billion (what's that? 15 minutes worth of revenues? shocking) so the shorts and options players try to get everyone focused on that instead of the true story with this company. Note that revenues are still HIGHER than last year. Amazing how some of these articles get spun.
It is truly amazing that these analysts can stick whatever absurd number they want on earnings or revenues and regardless of how a company performs the story becomes how they perform in relation to whatever the analyst threw out there. If EVERY part of the business is doing MUCH better then who cares what the analyst said?! That guy may sit in a bar all day and be a complete failure at his job and little or nothing to base his estimates on but somehow his estimate becomes the story instead of the company's performance.
It's not about that. Apple is trying to avoid paying ALL artists, writers, producers, etc for 90 day windows. Taylor Swift has plenty of money. She is just taking a stand against Apple to try to help those who don't have $100 million. The people who will get screwed by Apple are those who have one-hit wonders or struggling artists who are just starting to gain popularity.
USAToday has a decent article up on it that explains it all.
Revenues will be up, future sales will be up, the dividend will be up, the buyback will be up, margins will be up, etc. This stock is already significantly undervalued. For it to drop with the overall market is a mistake. Time will tell.