Every year in early autumn Apple holds its event where it presents new iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads. This year wasn’t an exclusion. But yesterday’s presentation didn’t result in Apple stock growth, and here’s why.
3 stocks that beat expectations
Tesla, Facebook and Microsoft have outperformed analysts’ forecasts and ramped up after earnings reports. How is it possible amid the coronavirus crisis?
Surprisingly, Tesla has managed to make a profit in the first quarter amid the global crisis. Elon Musk even didn’t mention the coronavirus in his letter to investors. The company earned 16 million dollars in the quarter, sales rose to 5.99 billion dollars from 4.54 billion dollars a year ago. The stock surged more than 9% after the report. Overall, Tesla shares increased by 36% in the last three months. However, the second quarter might be worse as people’s incomes reduced. Also, lower gasoline prices made people keep driving their petrol-driven cars. Despite these doubts, Tesla targeted the 40% annual growth.
The Facebook revenue for the first quarter was better than expected(17.74 billion dollars), but earnings came worse because of the virus impact(4.9 billion dollars). Overall reaction to the report was positive and mixed results pushed the Facebook stock up by 10%. The outlook for the second quarter is still uncertain, but the company will make all efforts to mitigate the coronavirus effect. For example, last week it released Messenger Rooms, a video chat meeting service as an alternative to Zoom. Future perspectives are positive for Facebook.
Microsoft outperformed expectations that had been made before the coronavirus spread. It’s the only Dow Jones component to see its stock up in the first quarter. Microsoft reported 10.75 billion dollars earnings, or $1.40 a share, on sales of 35 billion dollars, up from profit of $1.14 a share on revenue of 30.57 billion dollars a year ago. Analysts anticipated earnings of $1.27 a share on sales of $33.76 billion. Microsoft shares rose more than 2% in after-hours trading. Also, the company has the Azure cloud-computing software that would help to offset the coronavirus damage as most companies need this tool to work from home. However, the company is not so confident about the future growth.
Richard Branson offloaded nearly 10 million shares, which equals about 4% of the Virgin Galactic stock, leaving him with an 18% stake.
Today at 00:00 GMT+3 SPCE will present the second quarter 2021 financial results. We will get to know everything about the company's financial condition and plans.
Main news that will drive the market in the upcoming week include CB Consumer Confidence Index, Canadian GDP, and US Core PCE Price Index
The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.
Every week we expect many interesting events that can shake the market.