Apple shares up after results, outlook largely met expectations

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook. Photo: Apple

Despite concerns over iPhone demand, Apple on Tuesday reported financial results that largely matched what analysts had been looking for. The company sold 52.3 million iPhones last quarter, slightly less than some predictions, but earnings came in slightly ahead of consensus estimates, as did Apple's outlook for the current quarter.

The bottom line: While not necessarily cause for celebration, the results show Apple's business hasn't fallen off a cliff. Investors seemed relieved, sending shares higher in after-hours trading. Apple also announced a new stock buyback and increased dividend.