- why market thinking is upside down when it comes to Apple and Amazon.com; and
- two examples of the market's senseless selling these days.
May the Worst Man Win Posted at 7:28 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 26 Two great companies, two different standards. One totally rigorous and one not rigorous enough. I am talking about Apple (AAPL - Get Report) vs. Amazon.com (AMZN - Get Report) and the way Wall Street perceives the two. First, Apple reported a number that was extraordinary by any means, except by the means of Wall Street, where it was considered horribly disappointing, as if the company is a bunch of brainless, arrogant bozos who couldn't shine Steve Jobs' shoes. IPads, iPods, iMacs, iPhones, iTV all below to well below what the Street was looking for. Throughout the call there were several undercurrents. Let me tick them down.
- The company has too many products, mostly with wrong price points that aren't selling well.
- Apple has either made too many devices and they aren't selling or it didn't order enough and weren't ready for the onslaught, two mistakes that are considered equally poor.
- Apple's iPads are slowing dramatically, there is a glut developing and the overpriced iPad mini doesn't help the cause.
- Apple's current iPhone is a bust and the Samsung competitor is much better.
- Apple's $120 billion in the bank is simply burning a hole in the pocket of the company and is another sign that it doesn't know what it is doing.
- Tim Cook is an empty suit and we have seen the end of the Steve Jobs products.