Apple manufactures most of its iPhones in China

The US mobile tech company Apple ( APPL) manufacturers most of its iPhones in China. According to Nikkei Asia, the China tops now Apple’s production site compared for example to the US.

Apple has increased its suppliers in the Greater China during the last few years and much of the materials, manufacturing and assembly processes are now in China.

In January the company said that it will start to assemble the premium phones also in India. The reason for this was also the rising concerns of trade wars between the US and China.

But also to establish the production overall in Asia to be more competitive against Samsung and Huawei.

Apple said in its 2018 annual report that the US and China are the only countries to account over 10 % of the company net sales. The sales in China were 51,9 billion dollars last year and operating income was 19,7 billion dollars.

During the second quarter, which ended March 30th, the company net sales in America were 25,6 billion dollars and 10,2 billion dollars in China. In Europe the sales were 13 billion dollars.

According to Bloomberg News, the new trade tariffs between the US and China, may eventually increase the Apple’s retail prices.

Apple’s share price was trading down 2,23 % to 195,49 dollars in Wall Street today.

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Qualcomm shares continued up 12% in Nasdaq today 

The share price of the US wireless company Qualcomm (QCOM) continued in the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in New York today. The stock ended up 12,25 % to 79,08 dollars in the aftermatch of the yesterdays news of the global royalty settlement with Apple (AAPL). Yesterday evening the stock climbed over 23 % after the news release.

Apple-shares also rose and ended up 1,95% to 203,13 dollars. The settlement means that the companies have agreed the shipments for the next six years and also Apple made an onetime payment related to the royalties. In the future Apple will have Qualcomm chips in its iPhones while the current supplier Intel (INTC) has had delivery problems.

Intel also announced yesterday that it will exit the 5G modem markets and focus on other parts of 5G ecosystem. Intel shares ended up 3,26% to 58,56 dollars. According to markets the company sift is seen as positive action towards more profitable business sectors.

The overall market sentiment was down in spite of the positive outlook for the semiconductor and mobile industry. Dow Jones ended down 0,01 % to 26 449 points, the S&P 500 index ended down 0,23 % to 2900 points and Nasdaq ended down 0,05 % to 7996 points.

Euro was trading unhanged at 1,1296 dollars, as well as the UK sterling, unchanged at 1,30 dollars.

During the day the economic indicators showed that China GDP grew 6,4 % annual rate during the first quarter this year. The growth exceeded the estimates. On the other hand, the US trade deficit dropped in February due to the 20,2 % decline in the imports from China.

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Apple launches Apple News+ as a media platform

The US Apple (APPL) has today announced Apple News+, a new subscription service that brings together over 300 magazines, leading newspapers and digital publishers into a  Apple News app.

Available first in the US and Canada, Apple News+ presents the best and most relevant articles to meet range of interests from renowned publications such as Vogue, National Geographic Magazine, People, ELLE, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Later this year the Apple News+ service will be in Europe and Australia.

The company also announced a new credit card. The card called Apple Card is, according to the company, built on simplicity, transparency and privacy.

Apple is partnering with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard to provide the support of an issuing bank and global payments network.

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Stocks started up in Wall Street – Tesla and Apple in headlines

The financial markets ended slightly up on Wednesday trading in Wall Street. The year´s first trading day started with a small downside, but at the end of the day, the direction was positive with all the major Wall Street indices.

The electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) announced its production figures from the fourth quarter and according to the information, the company produced 63.150 Model 3 Sedans during that period. Totally the company annual electric car production was about 245.200 in 2018. The official quarter figures are still to be published, the day is not yet confirmed. Tesla shares fell sharply first, but ended down 6,81 % to 305,50 dollars due to the published price cuts. The company informed that the car prices will be lowered by 2000 dollars in the US markets.

The second surprice for the markets was the mobile phone manufacturer Apple (AAPL), who said that the revenue forecast will be lower due to the economy situation in China. According to CEO Tim Cook, the China economy slowdown has been greater than earlier expected. Apple´s announcement sent the stock price to about 7 % decline.

Apple´s announcement was the first big information about the China economy and the trade talks situation. The President Donald Trump and his Chinese collaque President Xi Jinping are expected to continue the talks next week. During the holiday weekend president Trump indicated that the US and China trade talks have had positive signs.

In the US markets, the goverment shutdowns have continued and after the political leaders meeting the outcome was, that the shutdowns are expected to continue.

In the UK, The Brexit situation is the same as Prime Minister Theresa May said that the situation is not changed. According to Financial Times, PM May is going to have discussions with some of the European leaders during this week.  The UK Goverment has urged pharma companies and supermarkets to reserve enough drug and food stock in the case of no-Brexit. The UK Parliament is expected to vote on the deal in the middle of January.

Dow Jones -index ended up 0,08 % to 2344 points, S&P 500 -index ended up 0,12 % to 2509 points and Nasdaq-index ended up 0,46 % to 6665 points. In London the FTSE 100 -index was up 0,09 % to 6734 points and in Germany the DAX-index ended up 0,20 % to 10580 points.

In Asia the Wednesday trading was on negative side, while in Tokyo the stocks fell and Nikkei-index ended down 0,31 % to 20014 points and in Hong Kong  the Hang Seng index declined 2,77 % to 25 130 points.

Euro declined 1,04 % to 1,13 dollars as did the UK sterling, 1 % to 1,26 dollars.

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Apple: Revenue will be lower due to China (updated)

The US mobile phone manufacturer Apple (AAPL) has lowered its forecast for the fiscal-first quarter revenue outlook due to the China market. Apple says that it expects the revenue to be 84 billion dollars in the quarter. According to Bloomberg estimates, the revenue expectation was 91,3 billion dollars in average.

– While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China. In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline, occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac and iPad, Apple´s CEO Tim Cook said in an investor letter on Wednesday.

According to Cook, the other figures “remain broadly in line with our earlier estimates”. He also pointed out, that the revenue stream outside of the iPhone grew almost 19 % year-on-year. For example Wearables grew almost 50 % on annual basis. Also the services generated over 10,8 billion dollars during the quarter and according to Cook the company is on track to achieve its goal of doubling the size of this business from 2016 to 2020.

In spite of the cutting forecast, Cook expects to set all-time revenue records in several developed countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Korea. – And, while we saw challenges in some emerging markets, others set records, including Mexico, Poland, Malaysia and Vietnam, he added.

Apple´s stock fell in after-hours trading about 7 % to 147 dollars.  Apple is to publish its final first fiscal quarter, ended 29th December 2018,  on the 29th January 2019.

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Highlights of the year 2018 – Brexit, trade talks and green finance

The year 2018 was a year of Brexit, electric cars and trade talks. It included special moments in the financial markets and in the company side. Green Bonds and Green Finance were getting more attention in the markets and trade talks and Brexit were the topics during the year 2018 along. Climate Change and low carbon landed also in the agenda of central banks.

Investors were also asking what is the role of the City as a global financial hub. Should it have its own rules in spite of the Brexit? In the financial hub competition, Frankfurt and Paris were the European cities to get more new financial offices as financial companies were moving some operations to the EU side.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote of the Brexit during Janury 2019 after very intensive debate about the deal during the year.

Climate Change has become part of the everyday life in the financial markets and for example one of the biggest insurance companies in the US, Berskhire Hathaway informed in February 2018, that it has got 3 billion dollars losses of the natural catastrophies, the hurricances in the US. Several central banks, including the European Central Bank and some Asian ones, have also agreed about the co-operation in the climate issues and how to monitor the impact on the markets.

In the tech-side augmented reality and ioT were the themes for the year. Apple, Amazon, Google, Tesla, Intel  and Samsung  were one of the tech-companies to deliver new services related to the new technology. On the other side of the topic, Facebook was dealing with the privacy issues globally. New tech- companies listed in the markets were for example Spotify and Xiaomi.

Year 2018 was a year of electric cars in many countries. The e-cars breakthrough with charging issues was one of the tech topics as well. Telsa founder Elon Musk was the leading industry sector figure as he estimated that Tesla would make one million cars by 2020 in February 2018.

Also the German automakers announced new investments and concept cars. For example the BMW Group launched an autonomous driving campus in Munich in March 2018.

Year 2018 was also a year for luxury goods and services. The Basel World 2018 -fair announced its good selling and for example the CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe,  told ComteamPUB+ that the company expects double digit growth for the year and that the Chinese customers will be the leading segment.

In the debt markets the US Uber and Netflix issued their junk bonds to investors. Uber, the ride-sharing company, is said to plan an IPO for the year 2019 according to the secret filings to the SEC.

One of the biggest infrastructure projects ever, the China Silk Road, is getting more attention from the green investors side, while the organization made its first announcement of the green principles for the project co-operation and operators. The ancient Silk Road is expected to rise the GDP growth by 4 % or 240 billion dollars in the countries invlolved according to Credit Suisse analysis.

The aim of the Roman time Silk Road is to connect the western Europe with the eastern coast of China and to renew the infrasturcture in between. This means also that the 10 world largest container ports are located along the route.

Trade talks between different countries have continued lively during the year. US and China have been in the headlines, but also the EU with its agreement with Japan.  The political situation and rising volatility in the financial markets tell the direction for the next year. Geopolitical easing is needed.

Päivi Härkönen, co-founder, ComteamPUB+

 

 

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