Apple's iPhone Silences Doubters: Tech Weekly

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- There was an earnings explosion this week thanks to tech titans such as Apple(AAPL) , Amazon(AMZN) , Netflix(NFLX) and AT&T(T) , with Apple, of course, getting most of the attention.

Apple reported earnings that shattered expectations on Tuesday, and set aside any fears about a slowdown in iPhone sales.

During its fiscal second quarter , Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones, 11.8 million iPads, 4 million Macs and 7.7 million iPods. Investors and analysts had been concerned that sales would slow, given possible supply constraints and an aging iPhone.

The technology giant noted, however, that iPhone sales grew 88% year over year, with sales more than doubling in Asia. iPhone sales in Greater China rose five times year over year, CEO Tim Cook said, during the Apple conference call. "We are happy with the iPhone pricing moves we made a few months ago on iPhone 3G, iPhone 4," he explained.

Quarterly earnings came in at $12.30 a share on $39.2 billion in revenue. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected EPS of $10.02 on revenue of $36.69 billion. Some $22.7 billion of revenue was from the iPhone, now available in more than 100 countries and on 230 carriers.


Apple's increased reliance on China led several analysts to raise price targets and upgrade the stock, as it continued to surpass analysts' expectations.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm also announced it would hold its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 11, with a big focus on software.

"We have a great WWDC planned this year and can't wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a press release. "The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world."

Shares of Apple jumped 5.24% on the week to finish at $603.


Amazon shares jumped on Friday after the company reported strong first-quarter revenue growth and stabilizing operating margins.

The Seattle-based Internet giant reported quarterly EPS of 28 cents on $13.2 billion in revenue on Thursday, up 34% year over year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected Amazon to report EPS of 7 cents on $12.9 billion in revenue.

Amazon's margins, investors' biggest worry going into the quarter, came in at 1.45%, in line with the fourth quarter's 1.5%.

Amazon shares soared 19.4% this week to finish at $226.85.


Netflix took a hit as the movie-streaming company said it expects weak streaming additions in the current quarter, despite reporting strong first-quarter earnings on Monday.

Due to increased seasonality, Netflix expects net additions to be below 2010's level. The company said it expects to have between 23.6 million and 24.2 million subscribers, implying growth between 200,000 and 800,000 streaming subscribers.