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Monday, September 23, 2013

APPLE | Stock of the Day - 9/23/13 | The Motley Fool

Apple announced this morning that the company sold a record-breaking 9 million iPhone 5c and 5s units in the models' debut weekend. Analysts were only expecting around 5 million to 7 million phones sold. This is also the first time Apple has launched two phones at once.

Additionally, in an 8-K filed today, Apple now expects revenue and gross margin for the quarter to come in near the high end of guidance, at $37 billion and 37%, respectively. Investors are seeing a small amount of margin compression compared to the year-ago quarter, but that was anticipated.

Motley Fool analyst Jason Moser is impressed by this showing, though he notes that a company this size can't expect to keep posting record-breaking growth. Since hitting all-time highs last year, Apple shares have dropped by more than 30%. Jason thinks Apple's share buybacks and dividends have helped transform Apple from a growth stock to more of an income-investor pick.


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