S&P 500 futures rose 0.2%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures added 0.26%, and Nasdaq futures rose 0.79%.
Apple reported a 15% drop in revenue and 23% decline in per-share earnings in its second quarter as sales of iPhones continued to decline for the second quarter in a row. The number of iPhones sold dropped 15% from the year-ago quarter, but exceeded estimates. The tech giant shocked markets in its previous March-ended quarter after reporting a drop in overall company sales for the first time in 13 years and a fall in iPhone sales for the first time ever.
Apple's services segment, which includes iTunes, Apple Music, Apple Pay, was a bright spot with revenue rising 19% to $6 billion.
"We are encouraged by what has the makings of momentum in high-profit, high-growth and highly predictable recurring revenue streams, most prominently the company's Services business, which includes iCloud, data usage, App Store (and associated licensing/royalties), along with Apple Music, Apple Pay and Apple Care, said Jim Cramer, TheStreet's founder and manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, and AAPL research director Jack Mohr. The Action Alerts PLUS portfolio owns Apple.
Apple earned $1.42 a share in its third quarter, 4 cents higher than expected, while revenue of $42.4 billion cleared estimates by $310 million. Shipments of iPhone units reached 40.399 million compared to forecasts of 40 million. iPad shipments also came in stronger than expected.
Apple shares added nearly 8% before the bell.
U.S. durable goods orders fell 4% in June, the largest decline in two years. Excluding transportation, orders for long-lasting U.S. goods declined 0.5%. Core durable orders crept 0.2% higher last month.
Boeing (BA) - Get Report swung to a loss in its recent quarter, though a smaller-than-expected one, after last week warning of charges tied to weak demand for its large aircraft. The aerospace manufacturer reduced its adjusted earnings guidance to $6.10 to $6.30 a share, down from a previous $8.15 to $8.35.
Coca-Cola (KO) - Get Report slipped in premarket trading as currency fluctuations impacted its top-line over the second quarter. The industry leader reported a 5% decline in sales to $11.54 billion, $100 million short of estimates. Currency exchange reduced sales by 3%. Organic revenue, excluding the impact of forex, rose 3% over the quarter.
Comcast (CMCSA) - Get Report reported a better-than-expected quarter as it improved its performance in its cable segment. The media company generated a nearly 3% increase in revenue to $19.27 billion, exceeding estimates by $270 million. Comcast lost 4,000 video customers over the quarter, far less than the 69,000 lost in the year-ago quarter.
Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) was under pressure following a mixed quarterly report. The wings chain reported net profit of $1.27 a share, a penny above estimates. Revenue surged 15% to $490.18 million, though fell short of consensus.
Panera Bread (PNRA) rose in premarket trading after exceeding analysts' estimates in its second quarter. The fast-casual chain earned $1.78 a share, 4 cents above forecasts, while revenue climbed 3.3% to $698.9 million. Panera also reported comparable bakery-cafe sales growth of 4.1%.
Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report sank 11% after reporting disappointing second-quarter sales and a softer third-quarter outlook. The social network reported a nearly 20% increase in revenue to $601.96 million over the quarter, coming in slightly below expectations. The company said it expects third-quarter revenue no more than $610 million, well below expectations of $678 million.
"We believe the company is well on its way to spiraling out of control, and view its inability to engage users, monetize content or suppress executive turnover as reasons to avoid an investment in the name at all costs," said Cramer and Mohr. Twitter shares represent less than 0.5% of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.
Linear Technology (LLTC) surged before the close Tuesday after Analog Devices (ADI) - Get Report confirmed it would buy the circuitmaker. The deal values Linear at $14.8 billion. The cash-and-stock bid values Linear at $60 a share, a 24% premium to Monday's close.
Members of the Federal Open Market Committee will release an announcement on Wednesday afternoon after the conclusion of their two-day meeting. A press conference won't be held afterward.
The likelihood of a move in July is low, though the Fed statement will be closely analyzed for hints as to when the central bank might adjust its monetary policy after initial liftoff last December. A rate hike in July currently has a 2.4% probability, according to CME Group Fed funds futures. A December rate hike is the most likely with a 40% chance.