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Apple analysts find bright spots in mixed quarter

A pair of bullish Apple analysts each focused on the bright spots in a third-quarter earnings report that showed mixed results for the tech giant.

Apple reported better-than-expected earnings Tuesday, beating Wall Street estimates of $1.23 per share by 5 cents. The company fell short on revenues and also provided lighter-than-anticipated fourth-quarter revenue guidance.

On CNBC's "Fast Money," Piper Jaffray Managing Director Gene Munster said that the key metric he was focused on was gross margins. Ahead of last year's September quarter, Munster said that investors were "petrified that gross margin was going to perpetually decline." This quarter, he said, those fears were largely relieved.

"What's ended up happening is they ended up beating it … it's going to give investors some confidence over the next few quarters," he said.

Munster also said there's still plenty of room to grow in China, even as Apple reported that iPhone sales had risen nearly 50 percent in the third quarter. "We're still just scratching the surface (in China)," he said.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani similarly focused on potential growth in the coming quarter, particularly as it relates to new products including the much-anticipated iPhone 6 and a possible wearable device.

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Daryanani said that Apple's next quarter guidance may hold clues as to the timing and release of these new products.

"The September quarter guide this time implies sales up about 3 percent sequentially. This is different than the historical practice when they tend to guide September flat to almost down sometimes. That may suggest a modestly ahead-of-plan iPhone launch, or a new product launch altogether," he said.

By CNBC's Michael Newberg

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