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Earnings week ahead: Apple, Microsoft compete for title of world's largest company

Published 28/01/2024, 09:32
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- — Here is your Pro report of the upcoming major earnings releases next week: Apple, Microsoft, General Motors, Amazon, and Mastercard.


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to report earnings for Q1/24 on Feb 1, post-market close. Street estimates stand at $2.10 for earnings per share (EPS) and $118.3 billion for revenues.

Remarkably consistent, Apple has surpassed EPS forecasts in 7 of the last 8 quarters.

On the downside, however, Wall Street anticipates that the Cupertino-California based giant will report sales of $89.28 billion, a decrease of approximately 1% compared to the corresponding quarter in the previous year. This would mark the fourth consecutive quarterly sales decline for the company.

Going into earnings, our flagship ProTips tool warns of the company's high multiples and weakening margins.
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Apple has recently lost the title of the world's largest company by market share to rival Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), which reports on Tuesday prior. Insights from both companies' earnings should set the tone for the tech space going forward.

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After surpassing the $3 Trillion market-cap line last week, stakes are at a high for the Redmond, Washington-based behemoth when it reports quarterly earnings next Tuesday, the 30th.

Consensus is that the company will post net income of $20.6 billion, or $2.77 per share, compared with $17.4 billion and $2.20 from a year before, respectively.

Should the estimates prove correct, it would mark the highest revenue in seven quarters, coupled with a noteworthy uptick in EPS. Investors are confident that the company's pushes in the AI and cloud spaces will help the giant maintain its momentum.

Going into earnings, Microsoft's Financial Health on InvestingPro scores a 'Great Performance,' with a warning to the company's relative value - suggesting a stretched valuation. Microsoft Financial Score

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General Motors

General Motors (NYSE:GM) is expected to report earnings for Q4/23 on Jan 30, before the market opens. Street estimates stand at $1.14 for EPS and $39.5B for revenues.

Our ProTips underline General Motors’ strengths, including upward revisions by 6 analysts, low P/E ratio relative to near-term earnings growth, strong free cash flow yield, and favorable earnings multiple.

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Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expected to report earnings for Q4/23 on Feb 1, after the market close. Wall Street analysts expect the company to post an EPS of $0.79 and revenues of $166.3B for the quarter.

According to ProTips, the company's multiples appear somewhat stretched going into earnings. This suggests that any deviation from expectations could pose a considerable downside risk.

Amazon ProTips

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In January, BMO Capital initiated coverage on Amazon with an Outperform rating and a price target of $200.00. Meanwhile, DA Davidson Tesla initiated coverage on the company with a Buy rating and a price target of $195.00.

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Mastercard (NYSE:MA) is set to report earnings for Q4/23 on Jan 31, pre-market open. Wall Street analysts expect the company to post an EPS of $3.08 and revenues of $6.48B for the quarter.

Most recently, in January, Oppenheimer upgraded Mastercard from Perform to Outperform with a price target of $510.00.

According to InvestingPro’s Financial Health section, which is determined by ranking the company on over 100 factors against companies in the Financials sector and operating in Developed economic markets, Mastercard is anticipated to exhibit 'Great Performance'.

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