An Important Look at Apple’s Earnings Trend

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) reports earnings on January 24. In order to be properly prepared, you must be aware of Apple’s recent earnings trend.

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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to Apple’s annual and quarterly earnings trends:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 37,490 42,900 65,220 108,250 156,510
Diluted EPS ($) 6.78 9.08 15.15 27.68 44.15

When looking at Apple’s earnings in the big picture, we can see why the stock has been Wall Street’s darling since the economic collapse. During that time, the stock has risen from a low of $82 to a recent high of over $705. With earnings as sweet as these, we don’t need a physicist to explain the driver for stock returns.

However, to prepare for Apple’s upcoming earnings release, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data…

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