Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) single-client risk amplifies AirPod contract doubts; Update on Supply of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

At the current trading session, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares declined -1.54% to $137.35 while The Stock traded within the range of $137.92 – $138.54. In the past year, the stock has traded within a range of $129.04 – $182.94. The current session’s volume of 10,331,053 shares is down from the average daily trading volume of 87,536,996 shares. On November 06, COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily impacted the primary iPhone® 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly facility located in Zhengzhou, China. The facility is currently operating at significantly reduced capacity. As we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritizing the health and safety of the workers in our supply chain. We continue to see strong demand for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. However, we now expect lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than we previously anticipated and customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products.

We are working closely with our supplier to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker.

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Another News Ahead: according to financial times, Volatility in Apple supplier stocks is soaring. First it was Taiwanese iPhone maker Foxconn. Now it is Chinese AirPods maker Goertek. Shares in the Chinese component maker fell by their daily limit of 10 per cent after the company said it had suspended production of an audio product from a “major overseas” client.

The hit to sales would be less than a tenth of last year’s total. The severe market reaction highlights the fragility of a business model heavily dependent on a handful of large customers. Geopolitics and China’s zero-Covid policy are adding to that risk.

Goertek, which is one of the largest acoustic components companies in China, did not name the client or the product involved. It warned that the suspension could cost as much as Rmb3.3bn ($456mn) of revenue this year.

On the same day, shares of local rival AAC Technologies rose 15 per cent in Hong Kong, bringing gains to 40 per cent in the past month. The stock of another rival Luxshare Precision Industry is up 15 per cent, sparking speculation that Apple may have switched AirPod orders to these two large Apple suppliers.

Michael Bond

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