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AT&T posts better-than-expected profit in Q1, sells record 5.5 million smartphones

April 24th, 2012

AT&T on Tuesday reported its results for the first quarter of 2012. Following a record holiday quarter that saw the nation’s No.2 carrier pull in $0.42 per share excluding one-time charges on sales of $32.5 billion, analysts were expecting first-quarter EPS of $0.57 on revenue totaling $31.85 billion. The company beat expectations, posting a profit of …

Netflix beats estimates in Q1; posts narrower loss on $870 million in sales

April 23rd, 2012

Netflix posted its financial results for the first quarter of 2012 after the bell on Monday. The company reported a loss of $0.08 per share, or$5 million, on $870 million in revenue, beating analysts’ consensus. Netflix posted a profit of $1.11 per share on $719 million in revenue in the first quarter last year, and Wall Street …

iPhone sales to continue declining until ‘iPhone 5’ launch, Canaccord says

April 19th, 2012

Sales of Apple’s popular iPhone line of smartphones will continue to decline until the next-generation model launches later this year according to one analyst. Mike Walkley of Canaccord Genuity on Thursday raised his price target on shares of Apple stock to $740, reiterating a Buy rating. Walkley believes that Apple will post strong results for …

Verizon reports Q1: Earnings up 16%, 734,000 net subscriber additions

April 19th, 2012

Verizon on Wednesday reported earnings for the first quarter that narrowly beat analysts’ expectations. The nation’s top carrier posted a profit of $0.59 per share, up about 16% over the same quarter last year and $0.01 above Wall Street’s consensus. Revenue grew 4.6% year over year to $28.2 billion, and net subscriber additions totaled 734,000. Verizon …

Apple’s next iPhone launch could be most important in smartphone history

April 18th, 2012

Apple’s iPhone 4S marked the biggest device launch in the company’s history. A number of industry watchers and news sites were expecting a completely redesigned handset, but despite the new model’s striking resemblance to the iPhone 4, it sold more than 4 million units in its debut weekend alone. According to Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope, …

HTC rebound hits early rough patch

April 17th, 2012

HTC’s stock was hit hard on Tuesday following news of Samsung’s imminent Galaxy S III announcement, which couldn’t have come at a worse time for the struggling Taiwan-based vendor. HTC’s record growth in early 2011 was stunted later in the year as strong competition from the likes of Apple and Samsung shifted attention from the …

Sony confirms plans to shed 10,000 jobs amid shake-up

April 12th, 2012

Sony on Thursday confirmed earlier rumors suggesting plans to release 10,000 workers during the course of fiscal 2012. The figure includes employees expected to leave Sony as part of various business sales, however. The move, which is part of a larger effort to restructure and cut costs, will result in a 6% workforce reduction. The Japan-based …