Apple shattered revenue expectations, topping $81 billion for an all-time Q3 and growing 36% year-over-year

28 July 2021, 06:04

Market Focus

U.S. equities ended a five-day winning streak on Tuesday as mega-cap technology stocks including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. tumbled ahead of their earnings reports. The tech-heavy Nasdaq (-1.21%, -180.14) posted its biggest drop in more than two months as all three of the major American equity indexes fell from all-time highs. The Hang Seng Index (-4.22%, −1,105.89) sank the most since May 2020 as speculation swirled that U.S. funds are offloading China and Hong Kong assets. Amid the dismal sentiments, Dow Jones slightly dropped 0.24%, or 85.79.

As Apple’s third-quarter results released and the conference call just ended, we offer you 5 key takeaways from Bloomberg Top Live Blogs:

  • Apple shattered revenue expectations, topping $81 billion for an all-time Q3 and growing 36% year-over-year. The iPhone generated nearly $40 billion, while Services topped $17 billion to a record.
  • Apple said that while Q4 (current quarter) sales will grow strong double digits, the growth rate will slow from Q3. Apple cited Services revenue slowing as one of the main reasons for the slowed overall growth. Services grew 33% in Q3, which won’t happen in Q4, Apple said.
  • Apple also said that the iPhone and iPad are seeing supply constraints in the current quarter, and Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company is paying too much for freight. He added Apple is taking on the supply chain issues one quarter at a time.
  • Asked about the iPhone, Cook said Apple feels “really good” about the future of the product and that the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max saw a particularly strong response in China. Apple said that it also saw strong growth in India, Latin America, and Vietnam.
  • Cook explained that Apple is experiencing shortages, like other companies, of so-called legacy-node semiconductors. That means fewer high-tech chips like power and data converters. He said it’s not so much on ‘leading edge’ which would imply they’re getting enough of the M1 and other processors that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. makes for them.

Main Pairs Movement

The dollar dropped, despite a generalized dismal mood. Global stocks edged lower, while demand for government bonds increased, pushing yields lower. Market players were cautious ahead of the US Federal Reserve decision on monetary policy. The central bank will likely maintain its monetary policy on hold, with the focus on when and how it will start retrieving monetary support.

US data was mixed. Durable Goods Orders were up 0.8% MoM in June, much worse than the 2.1% expected. The core reading, Nondefense Capital Goods Orders ex Aircraft, surged 0.5%, also missing expectations. On a positive note, CB Consumer Confidence improved to 129.1 from an upwardly revised 128.9 in June.

The euro pair reached a weekly high of 1.1840, retreating afterward to close the day at 1.1815. Cable hovers near 1.3870 retaining intraday gains. Commodity-linked currencies were the worst performers, losing grounds despite the weakened greenback. Safe haven yen were sharply appreciated, while CHF gained a little bit.

Gold struggles around $1,800, while crude oil prices eased. WTI settles around $71.90 a barrel, and Brent trades at $74.70.

Technical Analysis

GBPUSD (4-hour Chart)

Pound bulls picking up the recently with the risk-off sentiment on shares market, as of writing hover 0.45% topping to 1.388 level, mostly conquer last highest level around 1.39 psychological spot.

For the technical aspect, the RSI indicator is close to around 66.9 figure which suggests strong-bull guideline extends recently momentum at least for the short term. For the moving average side, 15 long SMA indicator continuing its ascending momentum and 60 long SMA indicator turn sideway traction in the daily market.

As price action, the pound is holding on to a powerful resistance at 1.3896~1.39 around. if the market exceeds immediately resistance, it would head to a higher stage. On the downside, the 1.3475 level is still a defensive line for bid buyers.

Resistance: 1.3896

Support: 1.36, 1.3665, 1.3745

XAUUSD (4- Hour Chart)

Gold is shopping in a tight range on Tuesday market, within a channel after the break into 1800. However, still gained around 0.16% 1799.7 as of writing. In the meantime, the greenback has given back more ground as real U.S. bond yields hit all-time lows, as known as TIPS, supporting the yellow metal. Forthcoming day, the investor is awaiting the outcome of the FOMC meeting. From the technical perspective, the RSI indicator settles at 46 figures as of writing, suggesting slightly bearish movement ahead. For the moving average side, 15 long SMA indicator shows slightly went down and 60 long SMA remained flat.

In light of the aforementioned, we expect the gold market will high probability struggle in a consolidation range. On the downside, we expect 1795 will be powerful support. If the market penetrates the first immediately support, it would move to lower lows which eye on 1765.5 level. On the up way, 1811 around shows price cluster resistance as a first pivotal checkpoint.

Resistance: 1811, 1830.5

Support: 1795, 1765.5

EURUSD (4- Hour Chart)

Eurodollar shed some 20 pips from fresh weekly highs at 1.1842, holding on to modest daily gains. The forex market is awaiting to U.S. Fed’s rate decision looms. On Tuesday, greenback saw its picking up extra pace after U.S. headline Durable Goods Orders expanded at monthly 0.8% and Core one slightly surged 0.3%, both loss previously estimates. For the technical side, the RSI indicator set 57 figures suggesting a bull movement guidance for the short term. For moving average perspective, 15 long SMA indicator moving in a flat with modest momentum in recent and 60 long SMA turn into the north way, 2 lines seem nearly gold cross.

Following the recent suggestion, the euro dollar has stood above the 1.1804 level, a critical resistance level as a price pattern. For now, the most important thing for euro fiber is to defend against current momentum. if the price could propel to higher than the next price level would eye on 1.1848~1.188. In the contrast, we see the market was stopped by 1.1848 level in the day market and still expect 1.1804 is the short run pivot support. If the market reverses to down way the first support, it would fall into a quagmire between 1.1766 and 1.18040 as tiny volatility.

Resistance: 1.1848, 1.188

Support: 1.1804, 1.1766, 1.17