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Why Apple Stock floated higher on the NASDAQ on Tuesday

Wall Street is polishing its crystal ball and predicting Apple’s earnings.
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This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

What happened

Joining the rest of the stock market in bouncing, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares defied gravity on Tuesday and levitated a solid 3% through 1:25 p.m. EDT.

Helping the tech giant recover from yesterday’s selling was a positive analyst note from investment banker UBS.

So what

One day after analysts at Deutsche Bank said that they see “strong momentum across all of [Apple’s] businesses,” and investment bank Bernstein predicted a modest beat by Apple in its upcoming third fiscal quarter of 2021, UBS chimed in today with a reiterated buy rating of its own.

“Based on strength in iPhones in what is typically a seasonally slower quarter and better Mac sales despite supply chain headwinds,” StreetInsider.com reported, UBS said it was raising its third-quarter 2021 revenue and EPS estimates to $74.7 billion and $1.01, respectively, from $71.3 billion and $0.95.

Now what

So, are $74.7 billion in sales and $1.01 EPS good or bad?

For that, you need to know the context. Wall Street analysts on average predict that Apple’s sales grew 22% year over year in the third quarter, to $72.9 billion, and that Apple earned about $1 per share — 56% better than last year. Relative to those predictions, UBS is only about 1% ahead of the Street on its prediction of Apple’s earnings. (Indeed, UBS admits as much.)

More significantly, though, UBS seems to think that Apple beat Street projections by 5 full percentage points on sales. And if Apple can overcome supply chain issues to acquire all the computer parts it needs, to sell all the PCs, iPads, and iPhones its customers want, UBS says further upside is possible.

So it’s no wonder investors were happy to hear the UBS prognosis.

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

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Rich Smith has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of and has recommended Apple. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has recommended the following options: long March 2023 $120 calls on Apple and short March 2023 $130 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

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