Interestingly, talk about both Microsoft and Apple has been pretty positive ahead of their quarterly results, despite the rancid economy. When it comes to Apple, whose stock has been among the best performers in tech this year, the chatter is about the new iPhone, which it launched in June to big fanfare.
“I think the key is that core consumer demand is there,” Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst said in a recent Reuters story. “There are lines for $400 phones. Clearly they’re well positioned, and when the PC market comes back, we believe they’re going to take significant share.”
As for Microsoft, quarterly results may not be so hot, but the company is lately benefiting from some upbeat buzz. Investors appear excited about the roll-out of Windows 7, talk has resurfaced about a possible deal with Yahoo (which also reports this week), and its search engine, Bing, seems to be making headway against Google.
Here’s how Todd Lowenstein, a portfolio manager at HighMark Capital Management, summed it up in another Reuters story. “There’s been a sentiment shift,” he said. “They’ve turned the corner in a lot of their businesses.”