Apple closed on Wednesday at US$137.26, but shot up more than $9 to $147.04 in after-hours trading once the company announced its third quarter earnings. That financial report revealed that the company shipped 270,000 iPhones and brought in over $5.4 billion in revenue.
The companyis stock dropped after AT&T revealed on Tuesday that it had activated 146,000 iPhones during the first two days of availability. Appleis stock stabilized on Wednesday, and then started itis rocket-speed climb after hours when analysts and investors discovered that iPhone sales far exceeded AT&Tis;contract activation numbers.
Apple is predicting that it will sell 1 million iPhones by September, well ahead of the time frame it took to sell the same number of iPods or Microsoftis Zune media player.
Apple is currently trading after-hours at $147.04, up 9.78 (7.13%).