Apple Recap: HBO Love, Samsung’s Loss, Looking for An Upswing

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) finished down for the third straight day on Friday, falling 0.41 percent to end at $453.62. Here are some of the stories that affected it during the day:

New Content Deal Coming?

Apple may start offering HBO content through its Apple TV set-top box starting as early as the middle of this year. According to Bloomberg, the iPhone maker and Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) officials are already in talks and may announce a partnership soon. If the two companies come to an agreement, the service would be the first Apple TV application to require pay television authentication and the first offering on the device from a major cable provider. The Apple TV device’s current subscription-based app offerings include Hulu Plus (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX).

Apple sold more than 2 million set-top boxes in the fiscal first quarter ended in December, but the deal may prove to be an even bigger positive catalyst for the device that competes with Roku and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox. Time Warner already offers HBO Go for both Roku and Xbox. The deal may also hold relevance in the speculation about a high-definition television from Apple. According to the buzz, one of the issues holding the iPhone maker back from launching the product has been the absence of content deals with major cable providers. (Read more)

A Win Over Samsung, Finally

Apple surpassed Samsung (SSNLF.PK) over the last quarter of 2012 to become the largest mobile phone seller in the U.S. for the first time in its history. According to a new survey from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 17.7 million units during the three months ending in December to Samsung’s 16.8 million units. The iPhone maker accounted for a record 34 percent share of the market to Samsung’s 32.3 percent. In the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple had shipped 12.8 million iPhones compared to Samsung’s 13.5 million smartphone units. The numbers take into account the Korean company’s feature phone units as well. Samsung had led the U.S. market since 2008. (Read more)

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Recovery On Way?

Apple is headed to a third straight day of marginal decline on Friday after falling under 1 percent of both the preceding two days. This trend, according to Market Studies’ Tom DeMark, is a fairly clear indicator of a turnaround that could lead to the company bouncing back starting as early as next week. “If you look at Apple’s entire decline, the most number of consecutive down days has been three,” DeMark said on CNBC. The investment research specialist was speaking of Apple’s share price decline over three days in a row ending on December 14 and then again on December 21. (Read more)

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