Apple Earnings: 3 Things Investors Should Watch

Tech giant Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) reports its fiscal third-quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday, July 22. Fresh off the heels of a phenomenal earnings report that unveiled a 7-1 stock split, expectations for this quarter are just as high. In fact, Capital IQ consensus projects EPS of $1.23; that's 15% above the split-adjusted, year-ago quarter. Revenue is expected to keep chugging along as well, growing at a more modest but commendable 7.4% year over year.

So how does Apple get there? Motley Fool Tech Analysts Nathan Hamilton and Jamal Carnette are looking at three specific items from this report. Nathan is looking at iPhone sales; while many Apple investors understand that the iPhone drives Apple's top-line, it is important to know what analysts are looking for in terms of unit sales.

Jamal turns his attention to the iPad. Last quarter, iPad unit sales dropped around 15% on a year-over-year basis. Investors want to see how Apple's second-largest product in terms of revenue performs going forward.

Finally, Nathan turns his attention to China. Although competition is fierce, Apple managed to produce nearly $10 billion in revenue there last quarter. Nathan's looking for further growth from the Middle Kingdom.

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Jamal Carnette

After working at The Motley Fool, Jamal Carnette decided to try his hand at writing for a change. You can find him writing about technology, consumer goods, sports, and pontificating on any competitive advantage. His previous jobs include Mortgage Trainer, Financial Advisor, and Stockbroker. Jamal graduated from George Mason University with a bachelors of science in finance and is a CFA Level III candidate. Follow me for tech trends, info on consumer brands, and sports banter.

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