Apple is fighting to keep its shares listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market after its mishandling of past employee stock options will cause it to miss a regulatory deadline for filing its latest quarterly results.

According to newspaper reports over the weekend, the Cupertino-based company formally notified the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that it would not meet the deadline for reporting its fiscal third-quarter results.

That triggered a letter from Nasdaq saying Apple no longer met the exchange's listing requirements. Companies that trade on the tech-heavy Nasdaq have 40 days after the close of a quarter to file their reports with the SEC.

The report covers the 3 months ending July 1, a period in which the company has previously said it earned $472 million.

By requesting a Nasdaq hearing, Apple ensured its shares will remain listed until a two-person panel reviews the matter and then issues a ruling.

"The Company is focused on resolving these issues as quickly as possible", Apple said in a Friday statement that echoed earlier remarks.