Why Apple Is Going to Own Today

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Tech titan Apple is announcing its earnings Monday afternoon after the market closes. Despite a number of other high-profile earnings—including U.S. Steel and Caterpillar—Apple’s are likely to make the most news. Not only will the company be revealing what kind of holiday it had, activist investor Carl Icahn has shined the spotlight on the form by relentlessly pressuring it to boost its stock value.

Icahn has been nagging Apple to reshape its finances, most recently on Twitter. Despite resistance from the company, he has been aggressively pushing for a bigger stock repurchase program. His most recent entreaties:

The billionaire’s letter to Apple shareholders explains why he believes the firm is undervalued and outlines steps the board can take to remedy the situation. Icahn recently told TIME, he thinks Apple may also one day make an ideal suitor for PayPal, the payments division of eBay which he is trying to force the online auctions company to jettison.

Apple CEO Tim Cook will likely be asked about Icahn, but it remains to be seem if he will say anything of note. (The two have, by all appearances, a cordial rapport; for more read TIME’s recent cover story on Icahn.)

Analysts, meanwhile, expect Apple to report fiscal first-quarter earnings of $14.09 a share, according to a consensus survey by FactSet. Piper Jaffray senior research analyst Gene Munster, who polled 20 investors, believes the company will announce sales of about 56 million iPhones, 24 million iPads, and 4.6 million Macs. Revenue estimates from most analysts hover around $46 billion.

4 comments
Spindatwheel
Spindatwheel

Carl Icahn is obviously impatient to maximize his return to justify his large purchases of Apple stock.  He will probably will start unloading some of his shares as soon as he gets the highest share price he can finagle.  He is the kind of short-term thinker that has doomed the fortunes many (formerly prominent) companies.  Don't forget that he has convinced (or rather forced) many of the companies in which he had major stakes to go deep into debt to buy back his shares at a handsome profit.  He was not called the "leveraged buyout king" for nothing.

Mickiee
Mickiee

iCon is interested in one thing.  Himself.  I would not trust this man’s judgement or integrity to be in the best interest of Apple.


He’s a distraction.