by Marc Bastow | January 23, 2013 5:23 pm
Great earnings news from two tech titans pushed markets forward Wednesday to keep the Dow Jones and S&P 500 at five-year highs. That served as a precursor to another pair of big tech earnings — Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX).
One company’s report was followed by fireworks. The other was followed by a firing squad.
Apple reported record revenues and earnings for its fiscal first quarter — sales grew 18% to $54.5 billion and came in just below forecasts, while earnings inched ahead to $13.1 billion, with EPS of $13.81 topping expectations of $13.47. AAPL also sold a record 47.8 million iPhones and 22.4 million iPads, which came in line with estimates.
However, gross margins declined to 38.6%, and the company’s second-quarter revenue forecast came in shy of estimates, leading investors to slam AAPL shares by nearly 6% in early after-market trading.
On the flipside, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) was rocketing after the bell, up 30% after Q4 earnings came in the polar opposite of expectations. NFLX earned 13 cents per share, shocking analysts who expected the company to lose the same amount. Revenues of $945 million also came in well ahead of estimates.
During regular Wednesday trading, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) headed higher thanks to good news during their reports the previous day. IBM’s 4% gains were enough to lead the Dow and challenge its all-time high prices, while Google advanced 5%.
Disney (NYSE:DIS, +2.3%) and 3M (NYSE:MMM, +0.2%) also were toying with all-time highs, helping the Dow Jones gain 0.49% to 13,779.93. The Nasdaq improved 0.33% to 3,153.67, and the S&P 500 edge up 0.15% to 1,494.81.
Earnings were not positive across the board, however. Luxury retailer Coach (NYSE:COH) disappointed investors as revenues missed forecasts. COH shares fell more than 16%.
Lastly, McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) warned that same-store sales could fall in January, though its earnings did top estimates, and shares managed to finish fractionally higher.
Earnings notables for Thursday include Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), AT&T (NYSE:T) and Microsoft (NYSE:MSFT).
Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he was long AAPL and MSFT.
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