Shares of Apple, Sprint Tank Following iPhone 4S Announcement
What does it take to make tech stock traders happy? Apparently nothing that Apple said today.
Following the introduction of the iPhone 4S, shares of Apple slid precipitously, touching levels not seen since Steve Jobs resigned as company chief August 24th. At one point, shares of Apple were down 5% today, well below $360 per share. Although the stock price has since recovered some lost ground, it's clearly not a banner day for AAPL.
According to CNBC, investors and Apple fans were looking "to be blown away by some amazing new surprise." When they weren't, shares swiftly tanked. "It's been 16 months and all you've got is an A5 processor in the existing iPhone 4," Wall Street analyst Colin Gillis of BGC Partners tells CNBC.
Of course, Apple wasn't alone in its stock price free-fall. Sprint went along for the ride before similarly recovering the worst of its losses.
Sprint initially saw a 10% dive in its stock on Monday, after a Wall Street Journal report indicated that the carrier was poised to lose money on its iPhone deal until at least 2014. "This is a huge gamble for Sprint and people are justifiably worried that they won't be able to make any money doing it," Stifel Nicolaus analyst Chris King says. "It's not a company that's in great financial shape right now."