Apple - Sentiment Remains Strong Ahead of Earnings

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[] Los Altos, California - Crowd Technologies, Inc. provider of the stock prediction site Piqqem, today announced the sentiment results for Apple Computer going into their earnings announcement on Monday. Apple is scheduled to release Q1 earnings this Monday January 25th, after the market close.

Average analyst estimates for the Mac and iPhone maker are $2.07/share in EPS and $12.05 billion in Revenue. Thirty-eight analysts track the stock with fifteen upward EPS revisions in the last 30 days and no downward EPS revisions in the last 30 days. Last quarter, Apple beat average analysts expectations by $.40/share or 28.2%, $1.82/share vs. $1.42/share.

"I always find this a tough period waiting to see if the company is going meet, exceed, or miss their earnings estimates." said Jett Winter, CEO. "One thing I have discovered of value is to analyze sentiment moves in a stock ahead of the company's earnings release. In the case of Apple, I will use the piqqem sentiment index for Apple to see how sentiment has changed in the last quarter, for the months within that quarter, and from the end of the reporting quarter thru today."

Piqqem leverages the 'wisdom of crowds' by allowing its users to vote on the price direction of a stock and then applies its own propriety factors to calculate sentiment for a security. In their model, -100 is the lowest and 100 is the highest sentiment.

Sentiment for AAPL:
* 09/30/09 - 50
* 10/21/09 - 53 (Q4 Earnings Release)
* 10/31/09 - 55
* 11/31/09 - 59
* 12/31/09 - 58
* 01/24/10 - 50

The above table shows Apple's sentiment peaking on November 30, 2009 and then dropping a modest 9 pts thru today. Apple remains in Piqqem's Top Rated List and I interpret the recent sentiment drop to overall markets conditions and Apple's current lofty price. The chart also shows an 8 pt decrease in sentiment from the end of Q1 thru today. This last indicator has historically been the most accurate indicator regarding an earnings surprise, both upside and downside. On the Piqqem scale, Apple's sentiment rating of 50 is considered a buy and this absolute sentiment indicates a very high quality stock. Only Apple knows their actual results, but their current sentiment points to Apple beating estimated earnings on Monday.

Jett Winter is CEO of Crowd Technologies, Inc. a company that develops applications that leverage the wisdom of crowds. Their first major application is Piqqem which captures, processes, and presents sentiment data on the future price and price direction of publicly traded securities. Piqqem provides five types of sentiment on securities: i) Price Directional ii) Price Specific iii) Demographic iv) Relative (Stock vs. Stock) and v) Time-Based. Copyright (C) 2010 Crowd Technologies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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