Jon Najarian: Apple Only True Tech Triple Play

The software platform behindApple's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is called iOS. On their conference call Tuesday night, Apple noted that combined sales of all iOS devices worldwide exceeded 160 million units in 2010. The total of such devices sold in the most recent quarter was 40 million units.

Chief operating officer Tim Cook noted that Apple's "integrated approach" is superior to that of the competition and "takes out all of the complexity for the end user." Apple is integrating key ideas, if not technologies, from iOS into its next Mac OS X version, which is due later this year.

Some very smart people openly mocked APPL when they announced plans for retail stores several years ago. People were focused on failures like those experienced by PC maker Gateway as the reason for their negative outlook for Apple.


Yup, say what you will about Gateway founder Ted Waitt, but I can't remember anyone but his mom ever comparing him to Steven Jobs! After all, Jobs knows how to create buzz and make products people want. Waitt made cheap computers and packaged them in boxes that looked like cows. Not exactly comparing apples to apples here are we?

Here is what we do know about Jobs — he turned bricks and mortar retail stores into goldmines. In Q4 2010 alone, Apple's retail operations generated $3.5 billion in revenues, up some 95 percent from a year before.

Apple Store
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Apple Store

If you go to browse or buy something from an Apple store you will be amazed how clean and well lit the stores are and how smart and efficient the workers at the store are and how well they know how EVERYTHING in the store works. Far from saturation, despite the multi-billion dollar sales, Apple opened just six new stores in the quarter and those new stores generated an average of $12 million in revenues per store. AAPL now has over 320 stores worldwide.

Then there's the online stores that have sold over 10 billion apps, as well as music and movies. Take your pick, Steven Jobs and the guys and gals at Apple pretty much rule both bricks and clicks and I barely touched the computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and entertainment (Apple TV) that contributed to such a blow out quarter Tuesday night!

Here are stocks with EPS due after Wednesday's closing bell and projected moves based on the combination of call and put option, also known as a straddle:

eBay: Jan. 29 straddle pricing in + or - 6.9 percent move post EPS

F5 Networks: Jan. 140 straddle pricing in + or - 8 percent move post EPS

Plexus : Jan. 30 straddle pricing in + or - 4.7 percent move post EPS

Seagate Technology : Jan. 14 straddle pricing in + or - 5.7 percent move post EPS

SLM : Jan. 14 straddle pricing in + or - 5.9 percent move post EPS

Xilinx : Jan. 31 straddle pricing in + or - 3.7 percent move post EPS

I am long AAPL and short calls, no other positions among stocks mentioned, including Gateway!

Jon “DRJ” Najarian is a professional investor, noted media analyst and speaker, and co-founder of, a leading site for options and equity traders. He is also a "Fast Money" contributor.

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