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Today’s Research Reports on Stocks to Watch: National American University and Texas Instruments

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / October 25, 2018 / Chip stocks were plummeting on Wednesday and saw their biggest drop in almost a decade. Shares of Texas Instrument saw losses of over 8% yesterday. Shares of National American University were soaring well over 100% as traders learned that insiders purchased shares.

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National American University Holdings, Inc.

Texas Instruments Incorporated

National American University Holdings, Inc. shares closed with gains of almost 116% on Wednesday on about 9.3 million shares traded. The stock hit a new high of $1.87 after it was revealed that insiders bought some shares. The company issued an SEC filing announcing that Dr. Ronald L. Shape, CEO at NAUH purchased 957 shares. Dr. David Heflin, CFO at the company also picked up 957 shares, and John Woosley Vice President of HR at the company picked up 879 shares. It was earlier in the month that the company reported first quarter financial results with Shape stating during the earnings call, "Revenues for the quarter decreased by 19% or $3.8 million as a result of the 5,536 year-over-year decrease in credit hours enrolled by teach-out students and our continued shift in focus from ground-based operations to online operations. By the same token, we reduced operating expenditures by 12.6% or $3 million, even though we continue to carry approximately $4 million in annual lease obligations. We have successfully reduced 6 of our lease obligations and continue to work aggressively to reduce the remaining lease obligations that are not critical to our strategic growth strategies."

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Texas Instruments Incorporated shares were down 8.22% on Wednesday on about 23.6 million shares traded. The chip company hit a new low of $91.50 after reporting lackluster earnings. Traders may have been reacting to the company's guidance for the fourth quarter as well as the ongoing trade war that the U.S. has with China. For the third quarter, the company reported $4.26 billion in revenue, missing the consensus estimate of analysts by $40 million. Earnings per share at $1.58 per share was a nickel higher however than what analysts expected. Looking ahead, Texas Instruments is expecting earnings between $1.14 a share and $1.34 a share on revenue between $3.6 billion to $3.9 billion for the fourth quarter. Analysts were waiting for earnings per share of $1.38 and revenue of $4 billion. CFO Rafael Lizardi said on the earnings call, "Gross profit in the quarter was $2.8 billion or 65.8% of revenue. From a year ago, gross profit increased primarily due to higher revenue. Gross profit margin increased 130 basis points. Operating expenses in the quarter were $786 million, about even from a year ago and about as expected. On a trailing 12-month basis, operating expenses were 20.4% of revenue, within our range of expectations. Over the last 12 months, we have invested $1.55 billion in R&D. We are pleased with our disciplined process of allocating capital to R&D that allows us to continue to grow our top line and gain market share."

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