Today we are watching…
1. Apple (#aapl)
Apple has learned in recent days that no matter how good your Wall Street cred is, tariffs are tariffs. Bearish sentiment has brewed since its Chinese operations were denied exemption from border costs, and the company’s dawdling iPhone sales aren’t helping either. Let’s be real, the success of the iPhone is still many investors’ yardstick for the success of Apple. However, as Tim Cook sits down to talk with analysts today, the market will get the inside scoop on how well other projects like the Apple Watch and Apple Arcade are getting on. Whether those periphery products can help Apple beat conservative estimates of $2.10 profit per share on $53.3 billion in revenue, remains to be seen!
2. MasterCard (#master)
MasterCard couldn’t be sitting prettier! With confident consumers splashing out on luxuries, all the macro indicators have aligned for what some investors believe is today’s most likely earnings beat. The company is expected to report a healthy dose of more revenue than this time last year, at $4.08 billion as opposed to $3.6 billion. The market won’t say “no” to further share buybacks either, as MasterCard ties up more deals with a tech sector that wants to bring out more and more of its own types of payment card. On its estimated $4.08 billion in revenue, analysts fancy them to make $1.83 of profit per share. We’ll see!