Apple ( AAPL) missed big on the top- and bottom-line in yesterday's earnings report, a surprising turn for a company known for routinely topping forecasts. The miss surprised Wall Street, dropping the stock about 5% back down to the $400 level this morning. The question traders and investors are asking now is: Can we buy this dip in AAPL?
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Despite the lackluster numbers the company did, however, deliver better-than-expected outlook for the fiscal first quarter 2012, which starts in October. The company said it expects earnings of $9.30 a share, while analysts expected $9.01 a share. The company has a reputation of sandbagging guidance figures, so the greater than expected guidance is even more significant. AAPL has its share of critics who say it is an over-crowded trade, but shorts beware that next quarter's earnings could be blockbuster after the launch of the iPhone 4S and continued growth of iPad.
From a trader's perspective, there will almost certainly be a lot of volatility in AAPL shares today. If buyers can fill much of this overnight gap, it would demonstrate that investors are giving the company a pass for this report.
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