NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With an avalanche of Apple (AAPL - Get Report) information pouring down on investors every day, it's sensible to use the BS filter and examine what is material for long-term investors.
Unless you're a short-term swing trader or active trader, there's little reason to pay attention to events causing knee-jerk reactions. If you take a look, you will see that most releases have done nothing but elevate investor stress levels.
Long-term investors shouldn't care about a single quarter's results. Watching patterns develop over several quarters is the only way to avoid overconfidence (or "overpessimism"). Active traders can roll in and out of positions at incredible speed because a company's worth doesn't matter. What matters to them is the expectation of price movement and direction today.
If you're a long-term investor, here are the key takeaways from the earnings release. These are the primary points I am focused on and used as influences for my decision to go long.Gross Margin: In
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