Friday, September 21, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Leads The Tech Sector – AAPL, Sprint Nextel, CLWR, SWKS, QCOM, EXPE, BRCM, TQNT

The tech sector is the best performing sector in today’s session and triggering the global rally. The entire sector got solid optimism from Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) as demand for world’s largest company’s new iPhone crossed all the previous record. The stock is up another 0.75% to trade above $700 as the company’s iPhone went on sale across in nine countries including Hong Kong to London to New York.

Just like in the past, users went crazy for the company’s latest version and the demand is very high with everyone want to be smart by buying the latest development first. If we take comment from an analyst at Piper, the company has witnessed more 83% larger footprint than they were for the 4S at at Boston, New York, and Minneapolis.

Both the investors community and users community seems quite comfortable with the company’s latest launch despite heavy criticism over’s the company replacement of Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Maps with its own Map in iOS 6.  There are reports that the company has hired engineers to resolve the issue.

Apple Inc's new iPhone with a bigger screen and 4G wireless technology were already running out of stock with an hour thereby leaving the prospective buyers with no alternatives but to wait for placing the orders.
Analysts are very bullish on iPhone 5’s sales with analyst at Piper Jaffrey estimates are - the phone will sell about 6 to 10 million units in the September quarter itself. he total sales of all the iPhones put together is expected to be in the region of 27 million, which is up from the 22 million previously forecast.

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With the strong demand for Apple’s iphone5, shares of Sprint Nextel Corporation(NYSE:S) also soared 4% as  the iPhone 5 is already sold out at many East Coast Sprint stores, a company rep tells AllThingsD. That could be helping Sprint, which has committed to buying $15.5B worth of iPhones through 2015, rally. Interstingly, shares of Clearwire Corporation(NASDAQ:CLWR) also climbed 5.40% despite the fact that  iPhone 5 won't use Clearwire's network for now.

The companies which supply parts to apple also jumped with QUALCOMM, Inc.(NASDAQ:QCOM) added 0.50%, TriQuint Semiconductor(NASDAQ:TQNT) added 3% and Broadcom Corporation(NASDAQ:BRCM) surged 0.70%.

Moving away from Apple’s stories, Expedia Inc(NASDAQ:EXPE) jumped 4.50% as analyst at  Deutsche upgraded the stock to Buy , citing an improving bookings conversion rate. Also, analyst at Cantor started coberage on the stock yesterday afternoon with a Buy, as part of a broader sector launch.

After getting bludgeoned yesterday due to disappointing guidance, analyst day comments, and rumors of iPhone 5 content loss, Skyworks Solutions Inc(NASDAQ:SWKS) is bouncing after teardowns reveal the chipmaker is supplying 2 of the 5 power amplifier modules found in Apple's latest phone, along with a Wi-Fi front-end chip. Shares of SWKS are up 4.20%.

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