Why Apple (AAPL) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Apple  (AAPL) fell 2.03% to $99.68 in morning trading Thursday after the tech giant pulled its iOS 8.0.1 update after numerous complaints from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.

The update reportedly caused drops in cellular service and problems with the Touch ID function on the phone. Apple announced it would release iOS 8.0.2 in a few days to fix the problem.

The company is also dealing with a PR problem in what social media has dubbed "Bendgate." Many iPhone 6 Plus owners have complained that the phone with the 5.5-inch screen bends if left in their pockets for a while. Many Twitter users and even some companies piled on the jokes with #Bendgate on Wednesday.

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Finally, The Daily Dot reports Apple knew about security flaws that left users' personal data in the iCloud vulnerable back in March, according to leaked emails between the company and security researcher Ibrahim Balic.

The London-based Balic reportedly told Apple he had found a way to infiltrate iCloud accounts. The emails were sent months before the major leak of celebrity nude photos that occurred in August.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates APPLE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate APPLE INC (AAPL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Although AAPL's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.18, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, APPLE INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • 44.56% is the gross profit margin for APPLE INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.69% is above that of the industry average.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 53.34% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, AAPL should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AAPL Ratings Report

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