American tech giant Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to release its fiscal 2019 first-quarter results on January 29 after the market closes. On January 2, this year’s first trading day, the company lowered its first-quarter guidance, resulting in its stock falling ~10.0% on January 3. Before we look at analysts’ estimates for Apple’s first-quarter earnings, let’s review how its stock has been trading this month.
Weakness in Apple stock
In the quarter ended December 31, Apple stock fell 30.1%, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite fell 14.0% and 17.5%, respectively. As of yesterday, the company’s stock had fallen 3.2% this month, whereas the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite index had risen 5.4% and 6.6%, respectively. Tech companies Microsoft (MSFT), NVIDIA (NVDA), Alphabet (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), Oracle (ORCL), Intel (INTC), and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) had risen 4.6%, 18.2%, 3.7%, 11.2%, 10.2%, 22.0%, 9.0%, 6.0%, and 12.9%, respectively, and chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM) had fallen 10.7%.
In this series, we’ll look at analysts’ estimates for Apple’s fiscal 2019 first-quarter revenue and profitability, and their recommendations for its stock ahead of its earnings release.