This Week in Tech: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Twitter Inc (TWTR), and More

Despite the major indexes being little changed, a lot has occurred in the technology sector in the past week. Major products have been launched, guidance has been raised, and new features have been added.

In this article, let’s take a closer look at the events that occurred to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) this week and assess the hedge fund sentiment towards these stocks.

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It certainly feels like the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) of old is back. Shares of the tech company actually rallied around a new product release, something that hasn’t happened in a long time (with the exception of before Apple’s introduction of larger iPhones). In fact, the company’s stock surged by over 11% this week, and helped put all three major indexes in positive territory this week too.  While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook’s talk about the company focusing on augmented reality over virtual reality likely helped boost sentiment, it was mainly Apple’s introduction of two new iPhones, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, that stole the show. Due to strong demand from many customers who had older iPhone models, from others interested in the iPhone 7’s wireless headphones, and from demand from former Samsung customers after the company’s recent recall of certain phones, demand for the iPhone 7 has outperformed expectations. Given Apple’s still reasonable valuation of 12.9 forward P/E and around 2% yield and the prospect of potential big buybacks on the way in 2017 if the U.S. government provides a one-time tax deal on foreign profits, it’s not hard to see why investors are so enthusiastic.  Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway raised its stake in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 56% to over 15 million shares during the second quarter.

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Similar to Apple’s stock, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) shares also had a good week, rising by over 5.5% from Monday to Friday. Although sale rumors around the social media company have dampened a bit as many traders expect the board to give CEO Jack Dorsey a few more quarters to put into effect his turnaround plan, shares of the company nevertheless still rallied due to a successful NFL Thursday Night Football game streamed on the website. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) bulls hope the live streams will bring in more users, increase engagement, and improve monetization. Of the around 750 funds we follow, 30 owned shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) at the end of the second quarter, up by three funds from the previous quarter.

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On the next page, we examine the events that occurred to Intel Corporation, Tesla Motors Inc, and SolarCity Corp.