Big earnings. Big stock buyback. Big stock bump.
On Thursday, investors cheered Apple’s performance by sending its stock up by as much as 8.5% in early trading.
The stock climbed to $569.50 at one point early Thursday, up from $524.75 the previous day.
Riding a wave of strong iPhone sales, Apple on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $45.6 billion, well above analysts’ consensus of $43.6 billion, and up from the $43.6 billion the company posted in the year-earlier quarter.
Apple reported profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 a diluted share, for the three-month period ended in March, compared with $9.5 billion, or $10.09 a share, for the same quarter a year earlier. Wall Street analysts had expected $10.22 a share.
Operating margin was 39.3%, up from 37.5% in the same period last year.
On the shareholder program, Apple’s board increased money for share repurchases to $90 billion from $60 billion. The company also announced plans for a 7-to-1 stock split.