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Foxconn Says Prepared to Move Apple Production Out of China if Necessary

Posted by hkarner - 12. Juni 2019

Date: 11-06-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Taiwan-based company tries to brush off investor worries over U.S.-China trade row

A Foxconn executive said the company’s manufacturing capacity outside of China is sufficient to meet demand in the U.S. from Apple and other customers.

HONG KONG— Foxconn Technology Group said it is ready to shift production out of China if necessary for Apple Inc., its biggest customer, as the electronics assembler tried to assuage investors’ concerns over the U.S.-China trade conflict.

In its first-ever investor meeting and conference call since going public in 1991, senior executives at Taiwan-based Foxconn sought to address investor uncertainty as it prepares for a leadership transition.

Tuesday’s events were aimed at outlining a succession plan for when Terry Gou, Foxconn’s founder, stands down as chairman to focus on his campaign for Taiwan’s presidency. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Behind Tech’s Shine, Some Warnings Signs Appear

Posted by hkarner - 6. Februar 2019

Date: 05-02-2019
Source: The New York Times

Chinese consumers have pulled back their spending, blowing a $9 billion hole in Apple’s recent quarterly revenue. China was again a culprit when Nvidia warned last month that its revenue would come in 20 percent below expectations, though the graphics chip maker also blamed slack demand from Bitcoin miners and cloud data centers.

Intel, the big chip maker, cited intensifying “trade and macro concerns” for financial results in January that did not meet expectations. And Samsung, another semiconductor powerhouse, said sales plunged 10 percent in the fourth quarter because of weakening demand for its memory chips from data centers and smartphones.

China, smartphones, Bitcoin and cloud computing have been among the major drivers of the long tech boom, which in turn has powered the global economy for the last decade. The ingredient common to all of these sectors is computer chips, which form the brains of devices and whose ubiquity means they provide early signals about changes in supply and demand. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Are Multinationals Eclipsing Nation-States?

Posted by hkarner - 3. Februar 2019

Date: 02-02-2019

Source: Independent

When they choose to act, rather than surrender, elected governments may still have a matchless resilience against corporate tax dodgers

31 January 2035: “Kali Sustainable Robotics of Hyderabad has completed its takeover of the remnants of Apple after the fallen giant of consumer electronics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US.

“At a mere 100bn New Rupees, the knockdown price brings a final humiliation for a company that two decades ago commanded the world’s most valuable brand. Kali plans to manufacture and market vintage-style ‘tablets’ and ‘smartphones’ as premium-priced legacy products to nostalgic users in China and the West who wish to revisit their youth in the early 21st-century heyday of ‘Chimerica’.

“The company’s chief executive, Draupadi Pandava, vowed that these retro devices would conform to all the environmental standards of the South Asian Federation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Amazon Takes Market Cap Crown, Cementing Tech Power

Posted by hkarner - 9. Januar 2019

Date: 07-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Software giant, at $797 billion, surpasses Microsoft with $784 billion in value

Amazon.com Inc. is the latest technology titan to claim the crown of world’s most valuable public company, signaling the industry’s enduring market dominance even after turbulent months in which investors pummeled their shares.

Amazon finished Monday’s session up 3.4% at $1,629.51, with a market capitalization of $796.78 billion, the first time the retailer has attained the market-cap title. It ended a weekslong reign by Microsoft Corp. , which finished up 0.1% with a value of $783.57 billion.

The software giant in late November supplanted Apple Inc., for years the leader before worries about iPhone sales—exacerbated by the company’s revenue warning last week—knocked its shares lower. Apple finished Monday at $701.99 billion, No. 4 behind Google-parent Alphabet Inc.’s $745.63 billion. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Apple and the Art of Guidance

Posted by hkarner - 7. Januar 2019

Date: 06-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By John D. Stoll

CEOs and their finance chiefs are in a tight spot this month as they report quarterly financial data, aiming for a delicate balance of realism and optimism.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Among the things having as good a decade as the U.S. economy is Apple’s iPhone. Rummage through the pockets and purses of your workmates, and chances are you’ll find one.

The health of the near-ubiquitous smartphone and the economic engine it has helped drive and ride are both under a growing cloud, though. Apple Inc. slashed its revenue target this week as iPhone sales slumped, a development that tests the nerves of investors already on the lookout for signs of the first American economic downturn since 2009.

If there is a list of executives we’d expect to be capable of soothing concern, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is on it. After the guidance cut Wednesday, Mr. Cook sat for a televised interview and published a letter to investors. He pinned Apple’s problems on “mounting uncertainty” and promised to do better. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Apple Makes Rare Cut to Sales Guidance

Posted by hkarner - 4. Januar 2019

Date: 03-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

CEO Tim Cook cites slowing sales in China in letter to investors

Apple Inc. slashed its quarterly revenue forecast for the first time in more than 15 years, an unprecedented move in the Tim Cook era that was prompted by a downturn in sales of iPhones in China.

The surprise cut, issued Wednesday in a letter from the chief executive to investors, renews concerns about waning demand for Apple’s marquee product, the iPhone, which makes up the vast share of its revenue and has vaulted the company’s value and profits. It also raises fresh questions about Apple’s prospects in China, the world’s largest smartphone market, which represents nearly 20% of Apple’s sales.

And it was the latest sign of broader economic malaise in China, fueled by trade tensions with the U.S.

“Lower than anticipated iPhone revenue, primarily in Greater China, accounts for all of our revenue shortfall,” Mr. Cook said in his letter.

The move also was an inauspicious signal for markets on the first trading day of the year, with Apple shares after hours declining more than 7% and the broader market showing stress as well.

The company has lost more than $300 billion in market value since peaking above $1 trillion in early October. Last year was Apple’s worst yearly performance since the financial crisis. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Ist Apples verfehlte Umsatzprognose das Ende der iPhone-Story?

Posted by hkarner - 3. Januar 2019

Der iPhone-Hersteller rechnet mit deutlich weniger Erlösen im Weihnachtsquartal. CEO Cook erklärt das mit Problemen in China. Doch das ist nur die halbe Wahrheit.

03.01.2019 – 05:51 Uhr handelsblatt.com

Apples Verkaufsschlager schwächelt – vor allem in China.

San Francisco. Ein paar nüchterne Sätze vernichteten am Mittwoch 50 Milliarden Dollar Börsenwert. In einem Schreiben an die Investoren korrigierte Apple-Chef Tim Cook die Umsatzprognose für das abgelaufene Quartal deutlich nach unten.

Der iPhone-Hersteller rechne nun nicht mehr mit einem Umsatz zwischen 89 bis 93 Milliarden Dollar, ließ Cook wissen. Er gehe nur noch von Erlösen in Höhe von 84 Milliarden Dollar für das am 29. Dezember zu Ende gegangene Vierteljahr aus.

Die schlechten Nachrichten scheinen zu bestätigen, was Investoren schon länger befürchten: Der Smartphone-Hype ist vorbei – und Apple hat kein Gegenrezept. Seit Jahren hängt der Konzern an der iPhone-Nadel. Das Gerät sichert etwa 60 Prozent aller Einnahmen. Geben die iPhone-Verkäufe nach, wankt Apple.

Die Wall Street stellt sich auf unsichere Zeiten ein. „Es ist keine Überraschung, dass Apple seine Umsatzerwartungen kassiert“, sagt der Apple-Investor Dan Morgan von der Investmentfirma Synovus Trust. Gene Munster von Loup Ventures mahnt: „2019 wird das Jahr, in dem Apple das Vertrauen der Investoren zurückgewinnen muss.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Best-Run U.S. Companies of 2018—and How They Got That Way

Posted by hkarner - 3. Dezember 2018

Date: 01-12-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Chip Cutter

Apple leads the pack, followed by fellow tech giants Amazon and Microsoft, in the Drucker Institute’s second annual Management Top 250 ranking

A trash hauler, a liquor giant, a maker of hip replacements and the company that brought us the iPhone all share one distinction: They are among the most effectively run U.S. companies today.

Those are some of the revelations of this year’s Management Top 250, a landmark ranking that uses the principles of the late management guru Peter Drucker to identify the most effectively managed companies.

Topping this year’s list is Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. The iPhone maker climbed to the No. 1 spot in the 2018 ranking, dethroning Amazon.com Inc., by performing consistently well across each of the five main components of the overall ranking. Amazon places second this year, followed by Microsoft Corp. and chip makers Nvidia Corp. and Intel Corp. Other management highfliers include Google parent Alphabet Inc., consulting firm Accenture PLC and Johnson & Johnson , Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 are Procter & Gamble Co. and International Business Machines Corp. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft Closes In on Apple as World’s Most Valuable Company

Posted by hkarner - 29. November 2018

Date: 28-11-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The move represents a stunning reversal for the tech titan, which last held top spot in 2003

Microsoft Corp. briefly unseated longtime rival Apple Inc. on Tuesday as the world’s most valuable company, reflecting investors’ faith in its revival under Chief Executive Satya Nadella while the iPhone maker adjusts to slowing momentum for its most profitable product.

Shares in Microsoft opened at $106.27, pushing its market capitalization to $815.75 billion, elbowing past Apple’s opening value of $813.88 billion. After the first minute of trading, Apple was back on top. The two swapped spots several times later in the day before Apple at the close reclaimed the title it has held for most of the past seven years.

Apple finished with a market value of $826.84 billion while Microsoft was at $822.43 billion. Market values are calculated using data provided by FactSet, which draws information from public filings.

The move comes nearly four months after Apple became the first U.S. company to surpass $1 trillion in market value, an achievement since matched by Amazon.com Inc. Both companies’ shares fell below that mark in recent weeks as investors dealt tech a sharp blow. Apple peaked at $1.103 trillion on Oct. 3, but has shed nearly $300 billion in market value since, in part to do with investors’ concerns about the future of the iPhone. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Tariffs may well bring some high-tech manufacturing back to America

Posted by hkarner - 16. September 2018

Date: 14-09-2018
Source: The Economist

But ordinary Americans will feel little if any benefit

YOU might think a company worth $1trn would gain a sympathetic hearing in the White House. Not, it seems, when the subject is China. On September 7th, as President Donald Trump prepared a new salvo of tariffs on Chinese imports, Apple released a letter pleading with the administration to change tack lest it harm American consumers. “Make your products in the United States instead of China,” Mr Trump tweeted back. “Start building new plants now. Exciting!” The response reflects a view within his administration that in a trade showdown with China, America cannot lose.

Mr Trump’s officials are finalising a list of Chinese imports, of $200bn in value, which will be subject to new tariffs. If and when they come, they would be in addition to tariffs previously levied on $50bn of Chinese goods. The president has expressed himself willing to put tariffs on all Chinese imports. China, for its part, is unbowed. At a summit on September 11th Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, and Vladimir Putin, Russia’s leader, agreed to strengthen economic ties and resist American protectionism. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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