iPhone 14: “The worst kept secret”

Investors hoping the introduction of the iPhone 14 series will help Apple Inc. shares rebound from their January high might be disappointed if history is any guide.

Investors hoping the introduction of the iPhone 14 series will help Apple Inc. shares rebound from their January high might be disappointed if history is any guide.

The stock has dropped seven times on the day the company launched a model over the past decade. When the new iPhone is announced on Wednesday, Apple is expected to take shareholder-friendly measures, such as higher prices, to protect its margins from inflationary pressures, analysts said. Such moves, however, come during a weakening economy that can make buyers reluctant to pay more for a handset.

“Apple’s fall iPhone launch event has always been the ‘worst-kept secret,’ with investors being aware of most of the product lines to be announced ahead of the event,” said writes Samik Chatterjee, analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co., in a note. . “Investors will be watching iPhone prices carefully amid an increasingly challenging macro with concerns over consumer spending.”

Historically, stocks tend to rebound a few months after the event as the first selling numbers come in. However, even that respite eluded the title after the last two iPhone announcements. Apple shares are down 13% this year, heading for their first annual decline since 2018.

Some analysts predict that Apple will raise the prices of its high-end Pro models that cater to more affluent customers while slashing older phones to appeal to budget-conscious buyers.

Wamsi Mohan, an analyst at Bank of America Corp., expects to see a 20-cent increase in earnings per share if Apple raises prices for its Pro models by $50.

The price increases are significant because Wall Street is counting on Apple’s earnings-per-share growth to outpace the revenue increase. Analysts expect profits to rise 9% in 2022 and 6% next year, compared with projections of annual sales increases of 7% this year and 5% next, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Apple is the best-performing mega-cap tech stock this year as investors trust its ability to tap into its more than 1 billion customers to earn more on its services, including app subscriptions, video , fitness and games.

The next catalyst for the stock will be September quarter earnings, which will be released in late October, said Gene Munster, managing partner of Loup Ventures.

“At that time, I expect Apple to reassure investors that while Apple is not immune to a downturn, their products will remain in demand and sales will increase by year to year in the December quarter,” he said.

Technical table of the day

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Casey J. Nelson