China Mobile Ltd. (CHL) has already started accepting pre-orders for both variants of Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 6, as the world eagerly anticipates the launch of the next iteration of the wildly-popular smartphone on September 9. China Mobile, being the biggest telecom operator in China, holds the key to Apple’s success in China.
It is tough to see the exact catalyst for the collapse in AAPL's share price in recent days (though it is clear that no China Mobile news is not good news) - but then aside from Carl Icahn's tweets it was hard to see what the exuberance in August was. Now a month later, AAPL has retraced all Icahn's gains and then some and is trading at 5 week lows. Today's weakness - in the face of a surging broad market - is being pinned on talk of Chinese telecoms firms cutting subsidies - not exactly strategically in line with AAPL's growth goals.
China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (CHA), one of China’s largest state-owned carriers, increased 1.9%, as the carrier’s rating was upgraded from Neutral to Overweight by JPMorgan Chase &Co. (JPM).
By Doug Young:Anyone who was hoping to get a big discount on an iPhone from China Mobile (HKEx: 941; NYSE: CHL) will be majorly disappointed to learn the popular smartphones will be quite pricey under the new partnership between China's leading wireless telco and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL).
By H.J. Huney:For the past month, I've been dipping into the SEC filings of the American telecom giants: AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and Sprint (S). On the face of it, all these companies look cheap right now. Sprint is selling at around a 35% discount to book value. AT&T has a dividend yield of 5.7% and a forward P/E multiple of 12.
Telecommunications companies in South Korea are looking at various options to improve their deteriorating profits by developing products that bundle fixed-line, mobile and Internet services. As part of this endeavour, SK Telecom (SKM), South Korean wireless kingpin, is currently in talks with Apple Inc.