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Apple CEO Tim Cook this week at a product launch event in Brooklyn. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Apple reported record sales and profits for the September quarter, though unit sales for the iPhone were lower than some analysts were looking for. Meanwhile, its revenue from services topped $10 billion for the first time.

Why it matters: Apple is the world's highest-valued company and its results are closely watched as a signal of the health of the tech industry, though its success can sometimes be an outlier. Earnings this quarter from some other tech companies have failed to meet Wall Street expectations.

Apple reported per-share earnings of $2.91, on revenue of $62.9 billion, compared to analysts expectations of $2.79 and revenue of $61.49 billion. The company saw double- digit gains in revenue from last year in every part of the world, led by Japan, where sales were up 34 percent.

Shares nonetheless fell in initial after-hours trading following the report, changing hands recently at $212.12, down $10.10, or more than 4%.

Outlook: For the coming quarter, which includes the all-important holiday shopping season, Apple said to expect revenue of between $89 billion and $93 billion and gross profit margins between 38 percent and 38.5 percent. Analysts were expecting sales of roughly $91 billion, per Zacks.

By the numbers (with year-over-year change):

  • iPhone units 46.9 million (flat)
  • IPhone revenue $37.2 billion (up 29%)
  • IPad units 9.7 million (down 6%)
  • IPad revenue $4.1 billion (down 15%)
  • Mac units 5.3 million (down 2%)
  • Mac revenue $7.4 billion (up 3%)

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Blinken to visit Ukraine as Russia invasion threat looms

Blinken (R) with President Zelensky. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky/Pool via Getty

Secretary of State Antony Tony Blinken will travel to Ukraine on Tuesday as the country faces an ongoing threat of Russian invasion.

Driving the news: Blinken will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as well as officials at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv to discuss contingency planning. He'll then travel to Berlin to meet German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and attend a meeting of the "Transatlantic Quad" — France, Germany, the U.K. and U.S.

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At least 3 dead after Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami

A satellite image of the explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday. Photo: UNICEF/NOAA

At least three people are confirmed to have died in Tonga following the undersea volcanic eruption that sent tsunami waves toward the island nation and across the Pacific over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

The big picture: Officials reported major damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where the capital, Nuku'alofa, was covered in ash and dust, including on the runway of the airport. Officials in Tonga confirmed three deaths in the country's first official statement since the crisis began.

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2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Charted: GOP surged as Biden slumped

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Reproduced from Gallup. (Independents were asked their party leaning.) Chart: Axios Visuals

Gallup polling found a huge shift in party preference over the course of 2021, from a 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter to a 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.

Why it matters: It's the biggest swing in one calendar year for Gallup's 30 years of tracking.

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