Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $82.44 Billion

Brokerages expect Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) to announce sales of $82.44 billion for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Nine analysts have made estimates for Apple’s earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $79.52 billion and the highest estimate coming in at $84.98 billion. Apple posted sales of $81.43 billion in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 1.2%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 1st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Apple will report full-year sales of $394.91 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $387.17 billion to $402.66 billion. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will report sales of $420.11 billion, with estimates ranging from $404.18 billion to $428.02 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of analysts that follow Apple.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPLGet Rating) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The iPhone maker reported $1.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.43 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $97.28 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $93.99 billion. Apple had a return on equity of 152.88% and a net margin of 26.41%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.40 EPS.

AAPL has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Evercore ISI assumed coverage on shares of Apple in a research report on Friday, March 25th. They set a “buy” rating and a $210.00 target price for the company. Barclays set a $170.00 target price on shares of Apple in a research report on Wednesday, April 27th. Bank of America reduced their target price on Apple from $215.00 to $200.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, May 19th. Zacks Investment Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Apple in a research note on Wednesday, March 2nd. Finally, assumed coverage on Apple in a research report on Thursday, March 31st. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-five have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. According to, the stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $187.21.

AAPL stock opened at $148.84 on Wednesday. The company has a current ratio of 0.93, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53. The company’s 50 day moving average is $159.89 and its 200 day moving average is $165.00. The stock has a market cap of $2.41 trillion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 1.19. Apple has a 1-year low of $123.13 and a 1-year high of $182.94.

Apple declared that its board has initiated a share buyback program on Thursday, April 28th that authorizes the company to repurchase $90.00 billion in shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the iPhone maker to repurchase up to 3.5% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, May 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 9th were paid a dividend of $0.23 per share. This is a positive change from Apple’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, May 6th. This represents a $0.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.62%. Apple’s payout ratio is presently 14.94%.

In other Apple news, SVP Katherine L. Adams sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.72, for a total transaction of $4,043,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 452,334 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $73,151,454.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Deirdre O’brien sold 8,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $164.91, for a total value of $1,319,280.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 136,290 shares in the company, valued at $22,475,583.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 168,099 shares of company stock valued at $29,376,711 over the last 90 days. 0.06% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AAPL. Dark Forest Capital Management LP bought a new position in Apple in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $29,000. Joseph Group Capital Management purchased a new stake in shares of Apple during the fourth quarter valued at $1,631,000. Cardinal Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Apple by 5,525.0% during the first quarter. Cardinal Capital Management Inc. now owns 225 shares of the iPhone maker’s stock valued at $39,000 after buying an additional 221 shares during the last quarter. Shore Point Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Apple in the 4th quarter worth about $41,000. Finally, St. James Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Apple in the 4th quarter worth about $57,000. 57.98% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Apple Inc designs, manufactures, and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables, and accessories worldwide. It also sells various related services. In addition, the company offers iPhone, a line of smartphones; Mac, a line of personal computers; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets; AirPods Max, an over-ear wireless headphone; and wearables, home, and accessories comprising AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, HomePod, and iPod touch.

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