By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch
Well before dawn Friday, Apple’s flagship store in Madrid had about 150 people huddled in the rain out front — no mean feat for a city that’s usually fast asleep at that time.
That scene has been repeated around the globe, with long early-morning crowds and enthusiasts like the guy in Sydney in the tweet below, gushing over his iPhone X as the high-priced handset goes on sale in stores: “I’m very excited to open this bad boy and start using it ... what a feeling.”
Yes, it seems the lines are back.
So those who fretted over pesky things like a $1,000 price tag may be chowing down on humble pie today, as those iPhone X sales coincide with fairly impressive results last night. Apple’s already up in premarket, and ready to take a bunch of stocks with it.
Among the companies that keep Apple’s gadgets humming, German supplier Dialog Semi shot up about 4% out of the gate in Frankfurt this morning.
That bring us to our call of the day , which lays out some supply-chain winners for Apple in the wake of those results.
“We believe the staggered iP8-iPX launch, and slower/constrained build peak should fuel upside to normal December and March quarter seasonality,” say Oppenheimer analysts Rich Schafer and Joshua Buchalter in a note.
Their favorite suppliers are chip makers Broadcom /zigman2/quotes/200646538/composite AVGO -0.55% and Skyworks Solutions /zigman2/quotes/201417573/composite SWKS +1.73% . Analog Devices /zigman2/quotes/201631938/composite ADI +0.93% , Amphenol /zigman2/quotes/207999687/composite APH +1.24% and Jabil Circuit /zigman2/quotes/203847835/composite JBL -0.21% also supply components for Apple products.
The chart below shows how some of those suppliers have been performing so far this year:
Here’s another weigh-in from RBC Capital analysts, led by Amit Daryanani, who say Apple’s guide on a better-than-expected holiday quarter is good news for momentum beyond that period.
RBC’s top picks on the supplier side are Amphenol and Broadcom.
And given the strong revenue guidance from Apple , Daryanani thinks the tech leader could surprise on the upside when it comes to units shipped in the December quarter. Plus, he’s expecting a 7% rise in fiscal 2018 shipments.
Indeed, analysts were backing or boosting price targets this morning for the iPhone maker.
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Key market gauges
The Nasdaq /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP -0.30% is a little higher, but the Dow /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.03% and S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.01% are flat as the trading day kicks off. The dollar /zigman2/quotes/210598269/delayed DXY +0.29% down, and gold is modestly off.
In Asia /zigman2/quotes/211618636/realtime XX:ADOW +1.57% , it was a mixed day, with some pressure for China stocks /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +1.60% . In Europe /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +0.73% , stocks are mixed, with the Spain IBEX-35 /zigman2/quotes/210597995/delayed XX:IBEX +0.93% leading the decliners.
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What with all that earnings and demand cheer, Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +0.17% is on the way to big pop at the start Friday. The iPhone maker showed a turnaround in sales in three big areas.
Starbucks /zigman2/quotes/207508890/composite SBUX +2.03% is down after the coffee giant lowered its long-term profit growth outlook. It’s also shedding the Tazo tea business to focus on core operations.
Pandora is falling hard after a revenue miss