On Tuesday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will report its second quarter earnings. As the world's highest valued company at $534 billion, the news from the quarter will keep market watchers in anticipation and affect the overall market.
During the most recent quarter, Apple's new iPad was a large source of news and numbers. It will open the company up for questions of whether it will continue growing and if profits will sustain.
But one thing is certain, analysts and investors love this stock. After Thursday's close, Apple's stock had a target price of $708, which came in higher than Friday's close at $572.98.
The company's highly coveted iPhones and iPads may fulfill its earning and growth rate but doubts are lurking this will continue.
Here's a few numbers to look for from the report and subsequent earnings call.
Can Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Sustain its $600-plus iPhone Price?
For carriers, they have been directly purchasing the iPhone from Apple and then cutting the price down to $99 through $199 for consumers. Money is then made by the services fees that carriers charge customers.
The question is whether the phone companies can or want to keep that up much longer. The No. 3 carrier, Sprint Nextel Corp., who just began offering the new iPhone in its phone lineup is struggling and a bankruptcy filing isn't out of the question.
Investors will wait to hear if CEO Tim Cook receives questions on whether Apple would cut the iPhone's price or will something change to make phone companies happy.
According to Bloomberg, iPhone sales numbers are expected to come in a little over 30 million units; this will represent a decline from the holiday season's quarter but a 50 percent rise from the previous year.
How are the iPad Numbers?
On March 16, the new iPad hit the shelves in the U.S. and nine additional countries; one week later the company expanded by two dozen markets.
Analysts have forecast sales of a 12 million iPads for the quarter; this will come in lower previous one but but more than double as compared to the same time period from last year.
In its earnings conference call, a small, less expensive version of the iPad to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire could be addressed.
Analysts estimate earnings of $9.99 per share and revenue of $36.7 billion. Meanwhile, Apple has placed the numbers at $8.50 earnings per share on revenues of $32.5 billion.
How does this compare to 2011's second quarter? Apple's earnings per share was $6.40 per share on revenue of $24.7 billion.