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When Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) reported its first quarter earnings and issued its second-quarter guidance, the midpoint of that revenue guidance was actually a bit jarring at $43 billion, particularly as the Street was expecting more in the vicinity of $46 billion. This represents a slight year-over-year decline from $43.54 billion which, for a technology company like Apple, is something that investors aren't going to take lightly. However, it's important to go beyond the headline numbers (or "numbers on a piece of paper" as Tim Cook would say) to understand the moving parts.

Join Evan Niu, CFA and Fool contributor Ashraf Eassa as they look beyond the numbers on the paper and shed some light on why Apple's guidance was really much better than the headlines would suggest. 

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  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2014, at 4:00 PM, TEBuddy wrote:

    I did not believe I could think less of Ashraf, but seeing him in video really brought down my opinion of him to a previously undiscovered low.

  • Report this Comment On January 30, 2014, at 3:29 AM, PaulTee123 wrote:

    Mackie, said in his article on another site that Apple was an idiot for buying back stock , he said Apple bought back 5 billion in stock and that money was vaporized in Apple's down turn. My question to Mackie is How many years have you been in this business Mackie??? Mackie ,your the IDIOT, Everyone but you Mackie ,knows that losses arn't incurred unless a sale takes place when there is a downturn in a stock. And in this case to loose or as you say Mackie vaporize the 5 billion dollars Apple would have to place the buyback bought shares back on the market at the lower downturn price, BRAINLESS Tim Cook is not the idiot Mackie,but you are.

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Ashraf Eassa

Ashraf Eassa is a technology specialist with The Motley Fool. He writes mostly about technology stocks, but is especially interested in anything related to chips -- the semiconductor kind, that is. Follow him on Twitter:

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