Apple Shares Soar to Would-be-record-highs Levels After Earnings Beat

Shares of Apple Inc. rallied more than 6 percent in extended session on Tuesday after the tech giant announced stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings while its iPhone sales met expectations.

Apple shares jumped 6.3 percent in after-hours trading to trade at $159.50, which would be a fresh record high if maintained during regular trading. The California-based company reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $8.72 billion, or $1.67 a share, well above $7.8 billion, or $1.42 a share, a year earlier. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.57 a share.

Apple posted revenue of $45.41 billion, up from $42.36 billion recorded one year ago and topping analysts’ estimate of $44.89 billion. Sales of iPhones were reported to reach 41.03 million, advancing from 40.4 million in the same period last year and beating expectations calling for sales of 41 million units.

The iPhone marker anticipates fiscal fourth-quarter revenue to hit a range of $49 billion to $52 billion.

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