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Merill Lynch lowers AAPL estimates

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu April 20, 2006

Analyst lowers estimates

Merrill Lynch today lowered its June quarter iPod sales estimates from 10.7 million to 9.2 million based on a deceleration in March. The firm cut fiscal year 2006 iPod sales estimates from 47.1 million to 43.4 million, and adjusted June quarter revenue and earnings per share estimations to reflect Apple's financial results during its second quarter. Merrill Lynch expects Fiscal 2006 earnings per share to total $2.13, down from $2.20, and fiscal 2007 estimates fell to $2.84 from $2.94. "Our June quarter revenue and earnings per share estimates are revised down to less than the typical excess of actual results over guidance," analyst Richard Farmer wrote. Farmer expects Apple's management to focus on growth by increasing features and capacity at constant price points, which will increasingly cut into the company's margin over time.




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  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Investors have learned

    to do the opposite of analyst advice, regarding AAPL. I've noticed recently that everytime there is negative (or not so positive) commentary from the "analysts," AAPL goes up on that day. All you really need to know is that AAPL will be much much higher than it is now in the long term. In the short term, it can be significantly up or down.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A crok

    The AAPL stock is too expensive now for these cheap b*******, and they resort to low class tactics to try to get the unknowing investor to sell, so that the stock price drops, so that they re-buy it and sell it when it goes up.

    It's getting old guys! Analysts are the scum of the earth in my experience.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Merill Crock

    The day ANYONE at that firm knows anything about investing will be when the sky turns purple. You have more chance of winning a lotto ticket that those idiots predicting anything correctly.

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