Apple shares have been down more than 7 percent in Thursday's premarket session, slicing 95 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average when the markets begin trading. Apple's revenue was up 19.6% compared to the same quarter previous year.
In recent weeks, Chinese media have reported stories of companies awarding stipends to employees who ditch their iPhones to buy Huawei, said Shen Dingli, a well-known global relations commentator in Shanghai.
Last August, Apple's ability to defy gravity and achieve an ever higher average selling price for its phones was one of the factors that drove its share price higher, pushing it to that trillion dollar valuation. Previously, Apple had expected to be 89 to 93 billion USA dollars.
Economic deceleration in China had caught Apple off guard and trade tensions between Washington and Beijing were starting to hurt consumer spending on smartphones in China, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said on Wednesday.
Bhansali described the warning as a red herring because Apple should have foreseen the problems when they cut their earnings outlook in the third quarter. As the iPhone upgrade market softened, it was having a big impact on revenue, at least in the short term, and Apple stock took a big hit as a result. In the broader market, the S&P 500 futures fell 1.5 percent.
"While macroeconomic challenges in some markets were a key contributor to this trend, we believe there are other factors broadly impacting our iPhone performance, including consumers adapting to a world with fewer carrier subsidies, United States dollar strength-related price increases, and some customers taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements". The drop in sales was also not entirely a surprise.
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Some analysts point to Apple's dependence on iPhone sales to drive revenue and profits, even as it tries to diversify its product base and add services such as music and digital payments.
A slew of brokerages had reduced their first-quarter production estimates for iPhones after several makers forecast weaker-than-expected sales, leading some market watchers to call the peak for iPhones in several key markets. Analysts had been forecasting US$91.3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. But he said then that he "would not put China in that category" of countries with troubled growth. "I want to get those companies to come back like so many are doing into the United States".
Which leads on to the next obvious question - How many iPhones are being junked or recycled just because they need a new battery?
But Apple has held firm on its premium pricing strategy in China despite the risk of a slower economy. Meanwhile, utilities and telecommunications were in the black as investors continued to move to defensive sectors.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.64 percent.
CEO Tim Cook blamed the slump on a slowing economy in China, where Apple has also faced competition from Huawei and Xiaomi.
But some investors were heartened by Apple's plans on using its cash pile.
In related news, insider Chris Kondo sold 3,408 shares of Apple stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 19th.