Apple (AAPL) Stock Volatile Ahead Of WWDC

Shares of Apple (APPL) are below $100 and ahead of Monday's developers conference and could be volatile following the update.

California-based video game developer and publisher Electronic Arts (EA, $73.38, up $8.84) surged 13.70% after the company reported 4th quarter fiscal 2016 results that beat on both earnings and revenue.  For the quarter ending March 31, it reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.50 on $924 million in revenue, compared to EPS of $0.39 on $896 million in revenue a year ago.  Analysts had expected EPS of $0.42 on $889 million in revenue.  For the 1st quarter fiscal 2017, the company forecasts EPS of -$0.05 on $640 million in revenue, compared to EPS of $0.15 on $693 million in revenue a year ago.  Analysts are expecting EPS of -$0.02 on $657 million in revenue.  For full year fiscal 2016, the company had EPS of $3.13 on $4.3 billion in revenue, compared to EPS of $2.51 on $4.0 billion in revenue a year ago.  For full year fiscal 2017, the company forecasts EPS of $3.50 on $4.9 in revenue.  Analysts are expecting EPS of $3.46 on $4.8 billion in revenue.

 

The $22.70 billion company develops and sells video games for consoles, computers, and mobile devices.  Its Star Wars and sports games helped boost revenue.  As of the end of March, it had sold more than 14 million copies of Star Wars Battlefront to retailers.  It is planning to sell sequels in the future.  Its Madden NFL Mobile game saw monthly active users rise 30% from a year ago.  The company’s digital sales were up 18% to $712 million (55% of revenue) from a year ago.  Analysts give the stock a 1-year price target of $83.40, but that could rise in the near future.  High target is $105.  The stock has a trailing PE of 37.57, forward PE of 18.03, PEG of 1.38, and price/sales of 4.67.  Short interest is 7.24%, which means that the stock could see a short squeeze on good news.

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