Apple’s ‘forecast’ suggests worst stretch for sales growth since 2016, but stock is still headed higher

Apple Inc.’s investors showed enthusiasm after the company beat on earnings Thursday and announced billions more dollars on their way to shareholders, but they may have missed some important guidance.

Apple AAPL shares gained more than 2% in after-hours trading Thursday, as iPhone sales grew unexpectedly and analysts heaped praise on the most valuable U.S. company — Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities called the earnings “LeBron-like results,” referring to basketball legend LeBron James, while CFRA Research’s Angelo Zino called…

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