Apple Inc. (AAPL) - Get Report  shares were rising after-hours on Tuesday after slightly beating quarterly guidance that it had previously reduced in early January. 

Earnings per share for the December quarter came in at $4.18, slightly above a $4.17 consensus. Revenue came in at $84.3 billion, above an $83.97 billion consensus after the tech giant forecast on Jan. 2 that it expected revenue of about $84 billion, roughly $7 billion less than expected, largely due to disappointing sales in China.

For the March quarter, Apple said it expects revenue of $55 billion to $59 billion, slightly less than a $58.98 billion consensus.

Shares were rising 5.3% to $163.27 after-hours on Tuesday. 

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