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Apple (AAPL) braced for an uncertain opening following shipment news from China

In an addition to the previous update, noting a potential drop back in the opening outlook for the US stock markets this afternoon, some further news has emerged concerning Apple (AAPL). The share price fell back in the last few minutes of trading yesterday, to end the session at $170.85. The news that has just emerged from China a few moments ago evidences a dramatic fall in iPhone shipments from that country, of 33% in February. The prospect of a lower opening for Apple today is therefore live it would seem and that has also impacted the US equity futures just now too. The US markets will reopen in around 40 minutes and this news may have added a fresh layer of uncertainty around that opening

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