Apple stock on pace for its biggest single-day loss in 6 years

Apple cratered as much as 10 percent Thursday, a day after slashing revenue guidance in a rare acknowledgement of waning sales.

Shares pared some losses midday, trading roughly 8 percent down.

The plunge puts Apple on pace for its worst day of trading since January 2013, and it extends a painful year-end trend for Apple into 2019. The stock, which once traded above $230 per share, shed 30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. Shares opened just below $144 Thursday.

The losses push Apple’s market valuation below $700 billion and behind the market cap of Alphabet. The company has lost about $450 billion in market value since its peak of about $1.1 trillion last year.

The company cited longer upgrade cycles and headwinds in China as causing lower-than-expected iPhone sales. Apple now expects revenue for its fiscal first quarter to be as much as $9 billion lower than previous projections.

It’s the admission shareholders had been waiting for, after months of reported supply-chain cuts and a major shake-up to the company’s sales reporting structure. Apple said in November it would stop reporting individual unit sales and revenue figures for its main product lines.

As of Thursday’s open, Apple was trading 16 percent down in the last 12 months, and almost 40 percent down from 52-week highs.

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