The closely watched PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ) was lower Wednesday as top holding Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) weighed on the exchange traded fund after a rare earnings miss.
The Nasdaq-100 ETF was down 0.7% in premarket trading. Apple, which accounts for 15% of the portfolio, slipped about 5% to under $400 a share. The stock impacts major equity indexes due to its massive market cap.
“Total revenue was $28.4 billion, up 39% year over year. In contrast to revenue growth that averaged more than 70% during the first three quarters of the year, Apple’s sales trajectory clearly decelerated,” said Morningstar analyst Michael Holt.
Still, Wall Street analysts remained upbeat on Apple despite the sequential decline in iPhone sales. “Even mountain climbers need a breather at altitude,” Deutsche Bank said.
Apple shares endured the summer equity sell-off very well, and the stock has spiked back above $400 in October following the death of Steve Jobs.
The company launched the iPhone 4S last week. [Apple Earnings Preview]