Apple, Amazon, and Facebook shed $220 billion in market value as shares tank after earnings

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Apple’s iPhone sales slumped last quarter.

  • Apple, Amazon, and Facebook shares slumped on Friday as investors expressed their dissatisfaction with the trio’s earnings on Thursday.
  • Apple and Facebook fell as much as 5%, while Amazon slumped as much as 4%, wiping about $220 billion off their combined market capitalizations.
  • Alphabet stock jumped as much as 8% after Google’s parent company posted earnings that blew away analysts’ forecasts.
  • Scroll down for a brief look at each of the four companies’ earnings.
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Apple, Amazon, and Facebook shares tumbled on Friday after the technology giants reported earnings on Thursday that disappointed investors.

Apple and Facebook slid as much as 5%, while Amazon dipped as much as 4%. The stock-price declines erased a total of $220 billion from their market capitalizations — more than the entire market cap of Disney ($217 billion), Netflix ($215 billion), or Coca-Cola ($204 billion).

Google-parent Alphabet‘s shares bucked the “big tech” trend, jumping as much as 8% after the group posted revenues and profits that crushed Wall Street’s expectations.  The stock surge added more than $80 billion to the group’s market cap.

Here’s a quick look at the four tech titans’ earnings:

Apple grew its net sales by 1% year-on-year to $64.7 billion in its fourth quarter to September 26. The increase reflected a 29% rise in Mac sales and a 46% jump in iPad sales, as millions of people turned to Apple products to work and study from home during the pandemic.

However, iPhone sales slumped 21% to $26.4 billion, and net sales shrunk 28% in Greater China. The result was a 7% drop in net income to below $13 billion. Apple also declined to offer financial guidance for the current quarter, disappointing investors hoping to gain a sense of management’s expectations for the new iPhone 12.

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Amazon posted a 37% rise in third-quarter net sales to $96.1 billion, as net product sales climbed 33% and net service sales surged 43%. Revenue jumped 29% to $11.6 billion in its cloud-computing division, AWS, generating $3.5 billion in operating income — more than half of Amazon’s total operating income of $6.2 billion.

The e-commerce giant guided towards net sales growth of 28% to 38% this quarter. However, it also forecast operating income of $1 billion to $4.5 billion, indicating its profits could rise 15% or plummet 74% year-on-year.

Facebook reported a 22% increase in revenues to $21.5 billion last quarter, almost entirely driven by a 22% rise in advertising sales. The upshot was a 12% jump in operating income to $8 billion. The social-media giant also grew its daily and monthly active users by 12% year-on-year to 1.8 billion and 2.7 billion respectively.

However, Facebook also warned of “significant” uncertainty next year, as the accelerated shift to online shopping and digital-advertising boom during the pandemic might not last, and platform changes and new regulations could spell trouble for its business.

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Alphabet‘s third-quarter earnings blew past analysts’ expectations. Revenues climbed 14% to $46.2 billion as Google search, Google and YouTube advertising, and Google Cloud all posted robust sales growth. The result was a 22% surge in operating income to $11.2 billion.


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