The indies dominated, once again, taking six of the top 10 spots.
The revised guidance Tim Cook issued on Jan. 2—offering analysts a revenue target of $84 billion—made this quarter a bit of a gimme. Nobody missed the top line by much. The big surprise, I suspect, was how few shares Apple snapped up while the stock was in free fall. That pulled the rug out from under a lot of EPS estimates.
No brickbats this quarter. Just a tip of the hat to…
- Neil Cybart, who had the best estimate in four categories, nailing EPS.
- Wamsi Mohan, who took second place for team Wall Street
- Jeff F, who missed revenue by a rounding error
- Turley Muller, who somehow took first in the all-categories ranking.
Below: The full list of analysts, sorted by the top-and-bottom lines, with the pros in blue and the amateurs in green.
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Finally, a color-coded spreadsheet that shows—in each category—best, second-best, and third-best estimates (in bright and dull green) and worst, second-worst and third-worst (in bright red and pink). Corrections appreciated.