Apple not only beat on earnings and revenue, their year-over-year revenue growth rate accelerated for the fourth consecutive quarter and drove EPS growth of 24 percent in the September quarter.
Apple stock has formed a breakaway gap up after beating on both earnings and revenue. Apple reported EPS of $2.07 versus the consensus estimate of $1.87. Revenue also beat coming in at $52.58 billion versus the $50.71 billion estimate. Revenue was up 12.2% on a year-over-year basis. That's awesome revenue growth for a company the size of Apple.
Randy Hales, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our business performed extremely well across the board during the third quarter. With two of the strongest brands in the mobile lifestyle category – InvisibleShield and mophie – combined with an enhanced operating structure, we’ve created a powerful platform that is generating record revenue and Adjusted EBITDA…”
ZAGG Inc stock has formed a candle over candle reversal after the company reported earnings and revenue beats. Zagg reported EPS of $0.34 which beat consensus estimates of $0.32. Revenue also beat coming in at $134.40 million versus the $128.23 million estimate.
The sell-off in technology is more about market reversion to the mean than it is indicative of some gloom and doom scenario where technology stocks lead the rest of the market lower.
Credit Suisse just released a report to clients where they are neutral to slightly cautious on technology stocks for the next 3 months, but remain positive longer out.
There are many bottoms-up drivers in the technology sector right now including the new iPhone, continued increase in cloud usage, greater adoption of artificial intelligence across various sectors, and autonomous driving. Technology adoption and market penetration are likely to increase over the next couple of years.
The S&P 500 is dominated by a few big tech companies. Innovations such as more automation in the grocery industry from Amazon, the iPhone 8, and Tesla’s Model 3 are catalysts for the S&P 500 to move even higher.
Reversion To The Mean
The green line is what I would calculate the mean to be at. As you can see, QQQ has overshot the mean over the last few months and so a move back towards the 10 year mean line is normal.
Fiscal policy will also be a catalyst for continued growth such as tax reform. The medical device tax, investment tax, tanning tax, Medicare Hospital Insurance surtax, the health insurance fee and tax on brand pharmaceutical manufacturers, all will likely be repealed at some point in the future.
Credit Suisse set negative expectations for consumer goods. Stocks that trade in the consumer goods sector are likely going to be stocks we should avoid. Fundamentals and valuation are likely to continue to deteriorate in clothing, department stores, grocery, and packaged food.