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Amazon craters post earnings, Apple holds still

Both Amazon and Apple released weak outlooks, likely leading to further losses in the stock market during today's US trading session.

The FAAMGs were effectively killed out when Amazon released its Q3 results on Thursday. Not only did Amazon miss sales targets and show dismal AWS data, but its prognosis was also a complete failure.

Amazon underperforms notably

  • EPS 28c, beating estimates 22c
  • Net sales $127.10 billion, +15% y/y, missing estimate $127.64 billion
  • AWS net sales $20.5 billion, +27% y/y, missing estimate $21.0 billion

However, despite poor revenue and, at best, average AWS performance, the reason why AMZN stock is collapsing after hours is due to the company’s disastrous guidance.

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Amazon now sees net sales of $140.0 billion to $148.0 billion, the midline coming far below the median estimate of $155.52 billion. Furthermore, it expects operating income to be between $0 and $4 billion, also missing the median estimate of $4.66bn.

The stock was down circa 20% in the after-hours trading before retracing half of the losses, still losing 13% heading into today’s trading session.

Amazon stock chart, source: Google

During the earnings call, Amazon stated that the third quarter’s sales growth slowed down over time. The company anticipates that the challenges of inflation, rising gasoline prices, and decreased demand will continue into the fourth quarter.

Additionally, according to Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky, there might be further costs reductions. The corporation will continue to invest in high-growth industries like cloud computing and Amazon advertising. However, the company would “look at our cost structure and areas where we can save money.”

Apple calms the markets

On the other hand, the biggest company in the world, Apple, fared much better.

  • EPS $1.29 vs. $1.24 y/y, beating estimates of $1.26
  • Gross margin $38.10 billion, +8.3% y/y, beating estimates of $37.31 billion
  • Revenue $90.15 billion, +8.1% y/y, and a record for the September quarter, beating est. $88.64 billion

However, the company dramatically reduced its outlook during the earnings call.

Apple stock chart, source: Google

Compared to the 4Q, the company’s overall sales growth will slow down. Because of the difficult comparison to the debut of the new MacBook Pro last year, Mac revenue will significantly fall in the Christmas period.

Nevertheless, the stock price traded flat in the after-hours period.

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Finally, Apple hasn’t specifically mentioned the strong dollar or the use of constant-currency conversions. Still, CFO Maestri did state that services revenues would increase by double digits in constant currency and that the company is experiencing softness in the gaming (likely App Store and Apple Arcade) and digital advertising sectors.

Maestri added that Apple’s first-quarter revenue would probably be affected by currency fluctuations by 10%. That’s far worse than many of their IT counterparts (MSFT claimed that cloud revenues were impacted by FX by 5%).

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