Apple’s (AAPL) Refreshed iPhone Lineup Stalls Android Sales

 

Brisk sales of Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 and older model iPhones have taken the wind out of rival handsets running Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, Investor’s Business Daily reported.

In September, several smartphone vendors aggressively discounted their high-end flagship Android devices to mid- and low-tier pricing, but results were disappointing. One Android product continues to sell well, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone, but inventories are rising faster than sales.

As for Apple, the company is supply constrained for its new iPhone 5. But lower prices for its legacy iPhone products could prove to be a significant driver of sales.

One factor helping Apple sales is the brand’s strength among young people. Surveys indicate that 40% of teens own an iPhone, up from 34% in the spring and 23% a year ago. Plus, 62% of teens plan to make an iPhone their next smartphone, compared with just 22% looking to buy an Android phone.

AAPL is a Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter stock.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH) is one of the “big 3” in the cruise industry. There’s a real growth story here thanks to a steady expansion in the firm’s ship count, along with an acquisition last year that gives it exposure to the high end of the market.

Constellation Brands

This maker of wines (Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Ravenswood), beer (Corona, Modelo and TsingTao) and spirits (Svedka, Black Velvet and Paul Masson) gets 89% of its revenues from the U.S. and 11% from Canada, so the strong dollar isn’t hurting.

Cheetah Mobile

My stock pick this week is a Chinese stock that was featured in the Other Stocks of Interest section of Cabot Growth Investor. (It’s also in the portfolio of Cabot China & Emerging Markets Report).

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Investors and the Genuinely Horrible Day

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