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EU doesn`t like big tech

European Union doesn`t like big companies like Apple. Google, Facebook, and Amazon to name a few. They believe that companies should be small and compete with each other. The more competition, the better.

Now, Apple faces a possible hefty fine and may have to open its mobile payment system to competitors after EU`s antitrust regulators charged the iPhone maker with restricting rivals’ access to its technology used for mobile wallets.

EU`s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said on Monday: «Mobile payments play a rapidly growing role in our digital economy. It is important for the integration of European Payments markets that consumers benefit from a competitive and innovative payments landscape.»

«We have indications that Apple restricted third-party access to key technology necessary to develop rival mobile wallet solutions on Apple`s devices. In our Statement of Objections, we preliminarily found that Apple may have restricted competition, to benefit from its own solution Apple Pay. If confirmed, such conduct would be illegal under our competition rules.»

The investigation will now follow into suspected violations of EU antitrust rules. The European Commission and Margrethe Vestager think Apple is violating the block`s antitrust rules with its limits on rival providers of mobile wallets.

They believe that Apple «abused its dominant position» in giving a boost to its own contactless payments system.

I can only speak for myself, and I have an iPhone, but I use my Fitbit to pay with my Visa card. It`s easy, fast, and contactless. So, Apple didn`t have an advantage in my world. But the main reason is that Apple only accepts a Mastercard.

This is not the first time the EU is attacking U.S tech giants. A year ago, they attacked Apple`s handling of rival music apps. They also want major changes to the App Store and iMessage, as well as services from Google and Amazon.

Last year, Amazon was hit by the biggest ever European Union privacy fine after its lead privacy watchdog hit it with a $888 million penalty for violating the bloc`s tough data protection rules. Amazon said the decision is «without merit.»

In November last year, Google lost its appeal against a €2,4 billion EU fine over its shopping service. The Commission argued that Google had unfairly used its dominant search engine to redirect traffic to Google shopping.

Brussels claims Google began to systematically favor its shopping service in the results of its popular search engine, whose market dominance exceeds 90% in most EU countries. Google Shopping now routinely appears at the very top of search results.

Six years ago, I wrote an article about The European Commission, that said Irland had enabled Apple to pay «substantially less tax than other businesses over many years.» But the EU`s general court decided that the commission failed to prove that the Irish government had given the U.S tech giant a tax advantage.

In 2020, Apple won a landmark court case against the European Commission over the dispute concerning $14,9 billion in Irish taxes. And these are some of the few attacks on U.S tech giants.

Over twenty years ago, I can remember that Microsoft was attacked by rumors. Don`t use Windows, because it`s a virus in it. That will kill your computer, they said. Bill Gates was also attacked multiple times. Again and again. Today, we see the Marxist Media Mob use words like Oligarchs about the rich.

Sometimes, the EU should attack the rules. Not the companies.

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Apple`s growth from other products and services jumped 19% YoY

Apple Inc is expected to report earnings on Tuesday 30 April 2019, and the earnings is expected to come in lower than for the same quarter last year. It came in at $2,73 last year and they need more than iPhones to lift that number in the future.

The stock have jumped straight up so far this year and have a good momentum. More buybacks will make the stock go higher. We will probably hear more about that on Tuesday. Another issue is their revenue due to the drop in prices.

Analysts are expecting a 6,1% revenue decline and the street call for revenue of $57,44 billion with an EPS of $2,36. The earnings will be strongly helped by Apple`s massive buyback. But what about innovation?

Is it too early for Apple to talk about new foldable phones? We know that the iPhone sales dropped 15% YoY, but we also know that there is a strong growth for other products and services which jumped 19% YoY.

The iPhone account for 61,6% of the entire revenue but that wont last for ever. In addition, they have huge competition from Chinese companies on market that is changing very fast. Apples earnings at $2,36 would represent a 14% drop YoY.

Investors are positive and optimistic about Apple`s outlook in the long run, and they are looking at a 20% growth in their strategic shift to the service segment. Apple Inc is expected to report earnings on Tuesday 30 April 2019 after market close.

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iPhone is now 10 years old and on January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs unveiled a product that changed the world

iPhone is now 10 years old. On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs unveiled a product that changed the world. A few months later, on June 29, 2007 iPhone made its way into stores. Apple have changed dramatically since then.

Since the first generation iPhone first began selling on June 29, 2007, Apples market Cap has grown from $104,3 Billion to $760 Billion. Growing from the 26<sup>th</sup> largest company on the S&amp;P 500 to the 1<sup>st</sup>. Shares of Apple have soared 744% since the iPhones debut.

 

 

Apple has sold just over 1,2 Billion iPhones in the last 10 years.

Earlier this week the European Commission fined Google a $2,7 Billion, claiming it denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. They also claimed that Google denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefit of innovation.

What Europe should do is stop complaining and start to innovate. If there was a better search engine out there they will have competed with Google. The same can be said about the smart phone market too.

I acquired my first mobile phone in 1992 and it was a Ericsson which is a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

The company had a 35% market share in the 2G/3G/4G mobile network infrastructure market in 2012. They were ruling the smart phone market in the early 90`s, but something happened.

Nokia from Finland came into the market and ruled the world with their new smart phones from 1998 to 2012. That`s 14 years on top. Not bad for a company founded by Knut Fredrik Idestam in 1865.

Keep in mind that both are European companies, but something happened.

Steve Jobs changed the world 10 years ago, on June 29, 2007. He launched Apple`s iPhone which is celebrating a 10 year anniversary. In 2007, iPhone 2G were launched with a 16GB storage and 8-hour battery.

Ten years later, iPhone 7 Plus were launched with a 256GB storage and 21-hours battery. Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer said on April 29, 2007, that “There`s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No Chance.”

For how long will Apple continue to stay on top?

 

 

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Google will earn billions on Pokèmon`s success

Google is expected to report earnings on Thursday 28, 2016, after market close. The report will be for the fiscal Quarter ending Jun 2016. The Google stock has skyrocketed since June this year, and this company never stop to impress.

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A couple of days ago we saw Apple go straight up after their earnings report. It is forecasted that Apple could see $3 billion in revenue over the next one to two years generated exclusively by Pokèmon Go.

So is it for Google.

The success of Pokèmon seems to give a huge bonus for both Apple and Google. Google Play are the base for any successful games running on Google`s platform, and so is it for the App Store at Apple.

The huge difference between Apple and Google are their system like iPhone and Android, but the amount of money consumers are spending on both platforms will benefit them both.

Nintendo jumped from 15,000 (TYO: 7974) in June to 32,000 on 19 July this year on their success Pokèmon Go. But it peaked at about 32,000. It plunged 14% yesterday on bad results. Earnings of $0,65 per share from a year ago plunge to a net loss of $1,93 per share.

Nintendo`s Wii U system also fell over 50% YoY. This is why Nintendo is going down and Google up.

Keep in mind that Nintendo is not the producer of the Pokèmon go app. Nor do they sell it.

The Pokèmon Company is a joint venture between Nintendo and two other Japanese companies, and they receives license fees from Pokèmon Go`s in-game purchases. Most of all these fees goes to former Google subsidiary Niantic Labs.

It`s funny when games like this has huge success. They will all profit from it, but for how long will the trend continue? Once it is over, it will drop like a stone.

We all know the story of fresh games like Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong, and we also know that this is not the end of the gaming era. Nintendo are about to finish its next-generation video games console, code-named Nintendo NX.

Maybe Google will profit from that to.

EPS forecast for the quarter is 6,47 compared to $4,93 at the same time last year.

 

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Is Apple falling down from the tree?

I had two American favorite stocks in 2005. Google was one of them. Apple is the other one. As you may know, it has been ten great years while Apple went to be the biggest company in the world. Now, it is the darling of Wall Street. How long will that continue?

Apple will report FQ1 2016 earnings Tuesday January 26th, after the bell and it is a critical moment for Apple right now. The coming report will be highly scrutinized by investors because they are concerned about Apple`s iPhone sale.

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When I launched Apple in my portfolio in 2005, they didnt have iPhone at all. Since then the sale of iPhone has skyrocketed. But what now? There are signs that iPhone sales is slowing. We can see that many of Apples suppliers are declining and so are Apple`s orders.

Apple is also attacked by Qualcomms new weapon. Apples A10 chip for Iphone 7 will be built on TSMC`s 16-nanometer FinFET Plus technology, but it seems like Android devices will be built on more advanced 10-nanometer technology.

Qualcomm`s next-generation Snapdragon 830 processor (the successor to the Snapdragon 820 that is slated to appear in devices over the next couple of months) is planned to be launched in the beginning of 2017.

Its not only Apples suppliers that is concerning Apple`s investors. China is a big market for Apple and a slowdown in Asia in addition to a slowdown globally can hit the company hard. Not only that. It is estimated that the global demand for smartphones will decline and fall below 10%, and so will the iPhone sales. In other words it seems like we has reached a top.

But thats for iPhone. Apple has more than iPhone. Despite the fact that iPhone is Apples biggest money-maker, they also have Apple Watch, Apple TV and Apple Music in the same lineup. They are all new in Apples portfolio and Im most exited about Apple Watch, because I think it will be hard to replace iPhone with Apple Watch.

Apple`s revenue from smart phone was 66% in 2015 and their sales jumped 28% in its latest fiscal year. Apple Watch is a new product so it is expected to see that sale to increase. The price for Apple in 2005 was only $5. Now it is $100! Experts expect it will rise 40% in 12 months.

The stock is down about 30% since the top last year, with an EPS of 9,20. Market Cap is 556,72B with an P/E of 10,92. Estimize consensus calls for FQ1 EPS of $3,27 and revenue of $77,138 Billion, which is slightly higher than corporate guidance and Wall Street`s estimates.

Apple is still a profitable company and a popular brand among the younger generation, and with $200 billion in cash and manageable debt obligations, Apple will still be a popular brand.

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