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What to expect from Apple’s Q2 2017 earnings report


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Apple made a ton of money last quarter.
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Apple is set to reveal its second quarterly earnings report of 2017 next Tuesday, and based on early estimates from analysts, Tim Cook might not have much to boast about.

Wall Street has been in love with Apple stock the last few months, sending it to all-time highs since the last earnings report came out. But with the holiday shopping season over and a lack of new products to boost sales, Apple’s numbers may look a bit flat.

These are the key areas to watch for:

AAPL shares soar to new all-time high


Apple's stock is on the rise.
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A ringing endorsement from mega-investor Warren Buffett has helped push Apple’s stock to a new record high today.

Apple shares were trading up 2.04% and closed at an all-time high of $139.78 per share, beating the company’s previous top mark of $137.11 set last week.

Samsung will take $5.3 billion hit from Note 7 recall


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The Note 7 is all washed up.
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Issuing a global recall for the Galaxy Note 7 is going to cost Samsung even more money than it expected.

Samsung released a statement to investors today revealing that its fiery phablet will hurt overall profits for the next two fiscal quarters, costing the company a total of $5.3 billion.

AirPods point to Apple’s domination of ‘ambient paradigm’


AirPods may miss Christmas while Apple works out audio problems.
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The Apple Watch and new AirPods may seam like silly side projects to fans, but some analysts on Wall Street believe the company is using the two new products to lay the groundwork for the next era of personal technology.

While Silicon Valley is obssessed with virtual reality headsets, Apple is obsessed with making gadgetry less visible. UBS analysts Steven Milunovich and Benjamin Wilson told clients that while many firms see a lot of downside for Apple, the company’s “ambient paradigm” could be a huge money maker.

Liveblog: Apple’s surprising Q3 earnings report


Will Apple reach its own targets for Q2?
Will Apple reach its own targets for Q2?
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All eyes are on Apple this afternoon as the company is set to report its Q3 2016 earnings and Wall Street isn’t expecting anything great.

Apple CEO Tim Cook warned in March that the company will post declining revenues compared to a year ago, but with iPhone sales on the decline as customers wait to upgrade to the iPhone 7, the numbers could be a bit lower than investors are hoping for.

Today’s earnings call for Q3 2016 is set to kick off at 2 p.m. Pacific, when analysts from the top firms around the world will have a chance to ask Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri whether iPhone sales have finally bottomed out, or if things are still going to get worse before they get better.

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Warren Buffett is betting big on Apple


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Berkshire Hathaway's investment in Apple could send the price back up.
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Some of the world’s biggest investors have ditched their Apple shares lately, but where others see doom and gloom Warren Buffett sees an opportunity to make some serious money. 

Warren Buffet’s legendary investment firm Berkshire Hathaway has taken a large position in Apple stock, scooping up 9.81 million shares, worth about $1.07 billion.