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US stock markets bounce back, Apple’s earnings beat

The week ended in the opposite way it began, with investors clearly looking beyond the threat of rate hikes and back towards earnings, sending all three US benchmarks higher.

A strong GDP growth result was followed by an unexpected fall in consumer spending in December, which suggested the consumer may not be overheating as much as expected.

The result was a 3.1% gain in the Nasdaq, with 95 per cent of constituents finishing higher. This included Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) which gained 7.0%, and Australian-born Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM) which gained 9.7% after strong earnings reports.

Apple also supported the S&P 500, which added 2.4% with the Dow Jones underperforming as the rotation into so-called value stocks reversed, up 1.7%.

Apple’s powerful quarter

Despite flagging missed sales of as more than US$6 billion due to supply constraints, Apple managed to smash the quarterly revenue record, reaching US$124 billion in December.

The result saw earnings jump to US$34 billion, on the back of a record quarter for iPhone sales, up 9%, driven by a surge in Chinese demand for the iPhone 13.

Mac sales grew 20%, driven by the new M1-powered devices, whilst iPads naturally underperformed after two years of restocking.

US stock markets higher across the week

Despite being the centre of rate hike threats, the S&P 500 outperformed the local market over the week, finishing 0.8% higher. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones gained 1.3% and the Nasdaq finished flat.

Back home on the ASX, the S&P/ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) is tipped to open lower this morning. For a round-up of the latest news, check out my ASX 200 morning report.

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