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Analyst Actions: Apple, Gateway, VerticalNet, AirGate PCS

Hey, you know the drill. You reap what you sow. And after


(AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report

announced that its first-quarter revenue figures would

come in at $1 billion, $600 million less than the analysts' expectation, the analysts have returned the favor.

Here are the highlights:

  • Lehman Brothers said, "We continue to remain cautious on the stock," and dropped its 2001 earnings per share estimate to a 15-cent loss from a $1.15 profit.
  • Credit Suisse First Boston made a bunch of comments, not only on Apple's disappointment, but on the entire sector. "We can no longer ignore signs of shriveling demand," said analyst Kevin McCarthy, who downgraded Apple to hold, along with fellow personal computer makers Gateway (GTW) and Compaq (CPQ) . He also reduced earnings estimates on IBM (IBM) - Get International Business Machines Corporation Report, Dell (DELL) - Get Dell Technologies Inc Class C Report and Hewlett-Packard (HWP) .
  • Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Fortuna said, "This does not come as a surprise to us, although the magnitude of the shortfall surpassed even our low expectations." He cut Apple's 2001 EPS estimate to a 65-cent loss from a 90-cent profit.




: UP to strong buy from accumulate at

Prudential Securities


Dynamic Details


: UP at CSFB, 2001 EPS to $1.55 from $1.45.

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