Analysts expect profit on sales of nearly $2 billion
ollowing an announcement that the company sold 730,000 iPod digital music players between October and December, analysts surveyed by Thomson F
inancial estimate Apple will F94A%2D4099%2D4D9D%2DBF18%2D858555C50638%7D">earn 14 cents a share
on sales of $1.92 billion when it posts first-quarter results on Wednesday, according to CBS MarketWatch
. "Apple gained even more attention ahead of its earnings report when it announced on Thursday a partnership with Hewlett-Packard to build iPods that will carry the H-P brand name."