Apple led a busy week of earnings by crushing estimates as users clambered for new iPhones. Most other companies also had strong results — especially chip makers and industrials.
Netflix and Intel reported strong results this week as earnings season marches toward the major tech stocks.
In the last week, companies like Walt Disney (DIS), Allergan (AGN), Electronic Arts (EA) and KLA Tencor (KLAC) beat estimates, only to drift or fall. The tepid response comes amid fears about a renewed trade war with China, plus buyer fatigue after four months of solid gains.
Take the good news first: Apple (AAPL) is starting to move beyond its reliance on smart phones and shifting into longer-lasting businesses. Revenue from services and wearables both rose more than expected, while record buybacks helped lift per-share earnings.
Foot Locker’s (FL) blowout quarter today is the latest example of the trend. Not only did earnings and revenue beat estimates. The key same-store sales metric was also more than twice the expected amount, a sign of successful merchandising and customer engagement.