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Apple’s New Year hangover

We’re kicking off the New Year right where we left it - with the biggest stock stories you need to know about.

This week, Apple’s iPhone 15 sales stutter, Tesla settles for silver, and Meta has a big sell-off.

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Apple falls 3% as iPhone 15 sales lag📱

  • Barclays’ bearish view: Barclays downgraded Apple and trimmed its price target, saying weakening iPhone 15 sales were a warning sign for iPhone 16 sales for this year.

  • China’s ban: It’s been reported the Chinese government is banning state employees from using iPhones. Instead, the country wants to push smartphones made locally, such as Huawei and Xiaomi.

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Tesla slips 3% as it loses delivery top spot to BYD 🏎️

Finishing 2nd: Tesla delivered 485,000 global EVs in Q4 of 2023. But China’s BYD took home gold as it recorded an impressive 536,000 deliveries, 10.5% more. 

  • Life in the fast lane: So, how’s BYD done it? Popularity has soared in China, thanks to its low prices. A BYD Seagull model costs around $11K, whilst Tesla’s most affordable Model 3 starts at close to $40K.

  • Best in the West: Still, Tesla hit its own targets, plus Wall Street’s expectations. Fellow US rival Rivian woke up with a much worse New Year’s hangover, amid disappointing deliveries.

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Meta dips 4% following stock sell-off 💰

A quick buck for Zuck: In the final two months of 2023, Zuckerberg sold $428 million worth of Meta shares

  • Best of the rest: Meta was the S&P 500’s 2nd best performing stock in 2023, rising 194%. In November 2022, share price was almost three times lower, so it seems Zuck wanted to cash in.  

  • Silent treatment: Meta hasn’t commented on the reason for the sell-off, but it’s left investors speculating whether Zuckerberg believes the stock has reached its high point.

Stock analyst rating stating strong buy

*Ratings are provided by analysts at Zacks, a leading investment research firm

What have we learned this week? 🤓

  • China’s phone ban could reach private companies: Some believe private businesses in China will also ban employees from using iPhones. 

  • Tesla’s no longer top dog: Thanks to its gigafactories, Tesla has been no.1 when it comes to global deliveries. But for now, BYD has overtaken Elon’s empire. 

  • Investors don’t like stock sell-offs: It raises questions about a company’s belief in its own stock, which can harm investor confidence.

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