Following news that China intended to extend a ban on the use of iPhones to organisations with government support, Apple stock dropped 2.9% on Thursday.
Investors are concerned about how well the most valuable public corporation in the world will be able to conduct business in the second-largest economy in the world.
On Wednesday, Apple (AAPL) experienced its biggest daily loss in almost a month. The corporation suffered a $200 billion loss in just two days, and as a result, its stock is currently the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s worst performer.
The limitations might be a bad omen for Apple.
The company’s biggest international market is China, whose sales last year accounted for nearly a fifth of the company’s overall revenue. Apple doesn’t break down iPhone sales by nation, but according to researchers at the research firm TechInsights, China sold more iPhones than the US did in the most recent quarter. The majority of Apple’s iPhones are also made in Chinese factories.
Based in Cupertino, California According to Brandon Nispel, an analyst at KeyBanc Capital, Apple is also crucial to Beijing’s economy. For this reason, the business “has historically been viewed as relatively safe in China from government restrictions.” He asked the crucial question: “Is the government changing its stance?” in response to the alleged prohibitions.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that managers had been informing staff of the ban via chat groups or meetings and that iPhone use for central government officials had been outlawed in China.
Bloomberg revealed on Thursday that these restrictions had been extended to state-backed businesses, such as oil behemoth PetroChina, which employ millions of people and dominate large segments of the Chinese economy.
In a report published on Thursday, analysts at Bank of America noted that the potential iPhone ban follows the launch of a brand-new high-end flagship smartphone by the Chinese company Huawei. Analysts found the timing to be “interesting.”
On Tuesday, the US government announced that it was looking into the new smartphone. During a White House press briefing, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that the country needs “more information about precisely its character and composition” to ascertain whether parties got through American prohibitions on semiconductor exports to produce the new device.
The Nasdaq Composite dropped by around 0.9% on Thursday, while the semiconductor industry fell by more than 2% as a result of the news, which caused a drop in IT companies.
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