Apple returns to growth

Update am Jan 28:

From Apple:

Share price (WSJ) Close Jan 27 was $109.14

From elsewhere:

Instant analyst opinions/headlines:

Our view – Truly incredible set of results but the next quarters guidance does not seem to envisage this continuing April introduction of the Apple Watch is slightly disappointing. If the Watch is to be an “Other” product castegory rather than an addition to the current threesome then a new product group (based on historical timescales) is becoming overdue!

Update 10.45 pm GMT Jan 27:

Revenues and  EPS way above analysts estimates & Apple guidance – share price up (after hours) by about $5 so far!

Q1 Revenues/EPS: $74.6bn/$3.06

Q1 Unit sales (millions) iPhones –74.5, iPads – 21.4,  Macs – 5.5.

Q2 – 2015 Guidance Revenues/Gross margin $52-$55 bn / 38.5% – 39.5%

Original post with Schedule updated – it was the iPhones what done it!

Apple results, for their Q1 2015 (13 weeks ending December 27) should be released around 9.30 pm GMT followed fairly rapidly by their Conference Call at 10pm GMT (2pm PDT) which you can listen to live.

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The, sort of, headline figures to look out for we think are  Revenues well ahead of their guidance mid point of $65 billion with “The Street” expecting over $68 billion.

No Apple Watch revenues until likely later in 2015 and iPods disappear into Other!

The source of much of our information is Philip Elmer-Dewitt over at Fortune to whom we, and likely many others are indebted.

Our normal graphic uses his info for the Professionals and Amateurs figures and the mid guidance information from Apple. We also add our guesses.

We will report back later after the results are released and the Conference call has taken place. Usually the Q & A session are worthwhile.

New gTLD registrations were 3.7 million in 2014

This is according to ntldstats.com  and looking at the monthly rates these have been over half a million in June & October. The current run rate seems to be around 400k a month. There are 453 of the new gTLD’s listed as at today’s date.

Overall the volumes must be disappointing as far as ICANN are concerned who were hoping for something like 15 million in the year to June 2015 which looks most unlikely.

We’ve had a look at the top 10 and others of interest in the UK in our table. The Chinese .网址 (XN-SES554G) apparently translates as “website” and virtually all of the registrations are parked or have no content (98.9%).

On the UK front .london is doing well but lags .nyc and .berlin.  .wales & .cymru are still in the release phase and are not yet generally available but the numbers look very low to us. Whilst it is somewhat dated Nominet Board reports indicate total new .uk registrations in August & September of last year of around the 140k a month level.

.scot is making some progress and it will be interesting to see how this develops – we did notice that the Scottish Government now have their very own HMRC competitor Revenue Scotland at revenue.scot.