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Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) announces its next round of earnings this Thursday, January 21. Here is Benzinga's look at Intel's Q4 earnings report.
What Are Earnings, Net Income, And Earnings Per Share?
Earnings and EPS are useful metrics of profitability. Total earnings also known as net income is equal to total revenue minus total expenses. Dividing net income by the total number of shares outstanding yields EPS.
Earnings And Revenue
Intel EPS will likely be near $1.1 while revenue will be around $17.49 billion, according to analysts. In the same quarter last year, Intel reported earnings per share of $1.52 on sales of $20.21 billion.
What Are Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises, And Why Do They Matter?
Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter. Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the "consensus estimates." A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an "earnings surprise" and may move the stock by a considerable margin.
The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 27.63% decline in the company's EPS figure. Revenue would be down 13.45% from the year-ago period. In comparison to analyst estimates in the past, here is how the company's reported EPS stacks up:
Over the past 52-week period, shares of Intel have declined 7.6%.
Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Intel is scheduled to hold the call at 17:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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