52.34 +0.63 (1.22%)
After hours: 7:59PM EST
|Bid||52.30 x 1100|
|Ask||52.34 x 1400|
|Day's Range||50.74 - 51.74|
|52 Week Range||19.05 - 51.88|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||3.09|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||270.73|
|Earnings Date||Jan 27, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Apr 25, 1995|
|1y Target Est||42.78|
Intel Corp. wrapped up a rocky 2019 by reporting record sales thanks to a big jump in sales of chips for data centers and cloud computing, but that rebound may just be temporary.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Intel Inc. closed out 2019 learning the hard lesson that making cutting-edge semiconductors is truly difficult.Like a prizefighter who refuses to admit he just hit the mat, the world’s biggest chipmaker is coming out swinging. And it should, because how it gets through 2020 could decide the company’s fate. Once the most advanced supplier of semiconductors, Intel struggled last year to ramp up production of chips that use its latest 14-nanometer process node, “letting customers down,” as CEO Bob Swan said in October. Its full-year results released Thursday showed that revenue climbed 2% and that net income was flat — hiding the fact that Intel dodged a bullet when it wasn’t able to supply enough of its most advanced products when clients needed them most.It tried to offer some reassurance three months ago by noting that it would increase 14-nanometer capacity 25% this year while raising capital spending to nose-bleed levels. To help overcome that slip-up, executives are keen to tell investors how many customers have signed up for its latest offerings, including chips dubbed Ice Lake and Comet Lake, which use the next-generation 10-nanometer process. In reality, Intel is badly lagging behind both contract manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. TSMC, for example, started selling its 10-nanometer chip technology in mid-2017 and last year boosted revenue from its more advanced 7-nanometer offerings by more than 200%. When Intel eventually hits 7 nanometers in 2021, it will be almost three years behind.Intel’s rebuttal is that so-called process-node technology isn’t the only thing. It’s right, and clients should look at total system performance to see how all the parts — the processor, memory and controllers — all slot together. No other company in the world can offer the breadth and depth that Intel can.But with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. back in the game after a decade in the wilderness and a raft of chip designers ready to tap TSMC’s technology advantage, Intel would be foolish to rest on the belief that it can stay ahead of the game while lagging behind on technology. It knows this and has committed to speeding up its migration from the pace of a new node every five to seven quarters to as little as four quarters. Yet investors ought to also note that the introduction of a new node compresses margins during the early stages before better yields provide economies of scale later. A quicker timetable won’t allow as much time to enjoy the upside before the next margin crunch comes.Intel’s strategy to offset this squeeze is to tap continued growth in the data-center market. Cloud providers like Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are among customers for its 14-nanometer Cascade Lake products, while the global 5G rollout is expected to provide a couple of solid growth years. Its Data Center Group accounts for 32.6% of revenue but 46.4% of operating income, making it Intel’s most lucrative business unit by operating margin.But that business relies on Intel’s ability to churn out leading-edge chips that, even if not equivalent to what TSMC can offer clients, won’t be too far behind. A data center operator might be willing to forgive a single-generation lag, reasoning that the broader platform integration Intel offers can provide the cost-benefit metrics it needs. A two-generation delay is hard to overlook, though. Intel’s size and strength means it won’t be easily knocked out. But it needs to get through this year unscathed if it’s to remain the undisputed heavyweight champ.To contact the author of this story: Tim Culpan at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Niemi at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tim Culpan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology. He previously covered technology for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
AMD's fourth-quarter results are likely to reflect deal wins on strength in EPYC server processors and uptick in holiday sales amid increasing expenditure on product development.
Nvidia on Thursday got a boost from two analysts who see growth in the graphics-chip maker's future.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) closed at $51.43 in the latest trading session, marking a +0.74% move from the prior day.
(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. has asked chipmaking partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to increase its output of A-series processors this quarter in order to satisfy higher-than-anticipated iPhone demand, people familiar with the company’s plans said.The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models were well received on their debut in the fall and their sales in China have been particularly strong, outselling 2018’s releases in a market that has otherwise been shrinking. Even without fifth-generation wireless networking, iPhone demand has been outperforming the market and Apple’s expectations, and the company asked assembly partners to increase their production of the latest generation.The most affordable iPhone 11 model, equipped with an LCD screen, was a particular driver for the increased demand, one person said.New Low-Cost IPhone Said to Enter Mass Production in FebruaryAlong with the popularity of existing models, Apple’s business with TSMC is also set for a boost from an imminent iPhone SE successor, a low-cost model that will begin mass production in February ahead of an official unveiling as soon as March, Bloomberg News reported. It will be built around the same processor as the iPhone 11 generation.TSMC spokeswoman Nina Kao said the company doesn’t comment on its business with any specific customer. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.The Taiwanese chipmaker recently reported earnings above most analysts’ expectations and it forecast another good quarter ahead. Though it faces potential headwinds from the threat of tightening U.S. sanctions on key customer Huawei Technologies Co., analysts believe additional demand from Apple and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will replace any potential Huawei drop-off.\--With assistance from Mark Gurman.To contact the reporter on this story: Debby Wu in Taipei at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Cowen’s Matthew Ramsay reaffirmed his Outperform rating for AMD shares. He also raised his price target for the stock to $60 from $47.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares are likely to see further momentum this year, given the ongoing strong product momentum. Speculations were rife in the middle of 2019 that AMD was prepping to launch an assault on rival NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) by targeting the high-end graphics card segment, which was the stronghold of the latter. AMD confirmed at the Consumers Electronics Show as well as in an interview titled "Bring Up," where CEO Lisa Su recapped the company's CES presentations a high-end Navi graphics card will be released later this year.
Cowen & Co. analyst Matthew Ramsay boosted his price target on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. shares to $60 from $47 on Tuesday, with his new target ranking as the second highest among analysts tracked by FactSet. Ramsay senses a change in tone during conversations on AMD's future: "Our queries continue to shift to 'when,' not 'if' in terms of share gains and [earnings per share/free-cash flow] growth, as investors largely no longer question whether or not AMD will gain material x86 share or deliver upon its roadmaps, but instead try to better understand the cadence, magnitude, and competitive roadmap positioning as Intel experiences 14-nanometer supply constraints and roadmap changes." He pointed to AMD's "track record of consistent roadmap execution and stability" now that its Zen-2 7-nanometer product has been launched for desktops, notebooks, and servers. AMD shares are off 0.3% in premarket trading Tuesday, but they've gained 59% over the past three months as the S&P 500 has risen 11%.
Advanced Micro Devices shares are rising Tuesday. Analysts lifted their price targets for the semiconductor maker. It reports its quarterly earnings after the bell.
Intel shares rose Tuesday after analysts at Jefferies upgraded the stock to hold from underperform on optimism that recent changes to the chip company's management team will provide a boost in 2020 and 2021. The semiconductor maker has experienced a lull in recent years thanks to increased competition from Advanced Micro Devices , but that lull could be over now that the company has made these management changes. "There is a short window of opportunity for Intel to halt its stock's underperformance, and it seems to us that the company is positioning to do so," Jefferies wrote in the note.
DnB nearly tripled its investment in Intel stock in the fourth quarter. The bank also sold nearly half of its stake in AMD stock.
Nvidia shares have soared roughly 60% in the last year as part of a broader semiconductor market climb that has come despite an overall sales and earnings downturn. So is now the time to buy NVDA stock?
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD ) announced Thursday that it hired Daniel McNamara as senior vice president and general manager of its server business unit. McNamara most recently worked with ...
Easily one of the best stories among the big technology firms, shares of Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) returned almost 81% in 2019. Moreover, Nvidia stock is off to a solid start in the new year, up a little over 4%. Still, with the equity steadily approaching 2018's all-time highs, should investors adopt a more cautionary stance?Source: michelmond / Shutterstock.com It's a fair question because for one thing, Nvidia stock crashed hard shortly after it reached its peak market value. It turned out that you can't keep a good company down for long, which was great for speculators. However, shares are no longer the compelling undervalued pick they once were.Furthermore, the broader bull market will eventually wear out its welcome. Obviously, this could put pressure on Nvidia stock, which is levered toward businesses that are sensitive to consumer sentiment.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOn the flipside, the semiconductor industry is one of the few convincing bright spots in the U.S. economy. For example, the industrial production index for computers, communications equipment and semiconductors has skyrocketed since the Great Recession. Few other sectors, when adjusted for inflation, are as convincing as this technological category. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 Additionally, Nvidia's peers, such as Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and especially Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), continue to build off their 2019 momentum. While that doesn't guarantee a smooth ride for Nvidia stock, over the long run, I see a continued upward trek for the tech giant. Specifically, here are three factors to consider. Nvidia Stock and Rising Importance of AIWhat makes Nvidia stock intriguing to investors is not just their processor prowess. Rather, the underlying company has shifted toward groundbreaking innovations such as artificial intelligence and deep learning.Currently, Nvidia has multiple initiatives for their AI interface, including improving citizen services. However, with the rise of geopolitical tensions and the threat of asymmetric attacks - that's a polite way of saying terrorism - AI can play a crucial role in next-generation defensive mechanisms.Better yet, Nvidia has partnerships in place to help develop the smart cities of tomorrow. Granted, the company's efforts are focused more on transportation efficiencies and safer operations. But with the AI platform in place, it wouldn't be a stretch to implement counterterrorism initiatives through innovations like facial recognition and behavioral analytics.Further, today's visceral threats don't involve bombs dropping from the sky from belligerent nations. Instead, law enforcement agencies are concerned about seemingly inconspicuous threats, such as domestic terrorism. However, AI is an effective tool to bolster security coverage, which in the long run could benefit Nvidia stock. Video Games Remain an Intriguing TailwindArguably, most people recognize the Nvidia brand for its premium graphics processing units or GPUs. And that's not a bad gig to have. Over the last several years, the video game industry has evolved from a niche segment of male nerds who have no chance of procreating to a surprisingly diverse and lucrative market.When it comes to video games, console makers, such as Sony (NYSE:SNE) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), have dominated the headlines. Here, rival AMD scored a major coup when Sony announced that it will run its chips for the upcoming PlayStation 5. Obviously, that's not great news for Nvidia stock.Nevertheless, gamers can be separated into two categories: serious players and everybody else. For Nvidia, they have a strong case for addressing the former category due to their GPU expertise. Moreover, serious gamers are very much willing to fork over the dough.Out of the total worldwide gaming PC and accessory revenue, 43% can be attributed to sales of high-end gaming PCs. The rest is split between mid-range gaming PCs (35%) and entry-level gaming PCs (22%). In other words, as gamers dive into the realm of competitive gaming, their spending increases dramatically.Clearly, this benefits Nvidia stock, where the underlying tech firm has built a reputation on premium (read expensive) GPUs. Don't Ignore the Cryptocurrency RallyA few years back, one of the catalysts for the then-dramatically rising Nvidia stock price was the cryptocurrency rally. To make a long story short, cryptocurrencies emerge from complex transactional calculations associated with a particular blockchain architecture. I'm grossly oversimplifying the process but in order for a computer to complete the calculation in a quick enough timeframe, it must have stacks of advanced GPUs.This process, called mining, was profitable because the price of cryptocurrencies kept rising. But when the bubble popped, the mining industry no longer made economic sense. This immediately deflated demand for mining-specific GPUs, notably hurting Nvidia's revenue stream.Today, when people think about Nvidia stock, they're probably not considering bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies. But in recent weeks, the price of bitcoin has significantly moved higher. For example, I mentioned the longer-term case for bitcoin on Dec. 19. Since then, the crypto has jumped approximately 30%.I'm not suggesting that you should buy Nvidia shares solely for a possible bitcoin comeback rally. What I am suggesting is that the crypto market is still relatively quiet. Thus, any GPU sales associated with virtual currencies is all bonus points for Nvidia.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long SNE and bitcoin. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 5 Retail Stocks Placer.ai Thinks Can Win Big in 2020 * 6 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $7 The post 3 Factors to Consider for Nvidia Stock in 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
As an investor, I've closely followed the semiconductor chip market over the past few years, and have learned that of the three big stocks in the CPU and GPU worlds -- Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) -- INTC stock is the least loved of the group.Source: Kate Krav-Rude / Shutterstock.com There's reason for this. AMD and Nvidia are trendier picks. AMD is on this jaw-dropping ramp from irrelevant, nearly bankrupt CPU/GPU maker a few years back, to a force to be reckoned with today that is rapidly growing share in the most important niches of the CPU and GPU markets. At the same time, Nvidia has turned into an "AI everything" company, and is basically the go-to graphics suppliers for all of tomorrow's most important markets.Investors like those narratives. That's why, over the past year, AMD stock is up 155% and NVDA stock is up 67%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 Then there's Intel. They are simply the established incumbent that is growing modestly in stable markets, and this lack of trendiness is why INTC stock is up "just" 23% over the past year.For the foreseeable future, Intel will remain less trendy than its peers. But the stock will keep working, and with much less downside risk, because the secular growth drivers remain favorable while the valuation remains attractive relative to peers.As such, I wouldn't discard INTC stock because it isn't AMD or NVDA. I'd embrace its differences, and ride the stock to new highs in 2020. Embrace Intel's DifferencesIt's easy to look at Intel, see a company that is losing CPU market share to AMD and is growing revenues and profits at a snail's pace, and write off INTC stock as a poor investment in an otherwise hot semiconductor market.But that cursory analysis misses the whole point of why someone would invest in Intel. Intel is stability, not rapid growth. It's steadiness, not volatility. And it's cheap, not expensive.You don't buy INTC stock for its rapid growth potential. At a $250 billion market cap and with $70 billion in revenues, Intel's market cap and revenues aren't going to soar higher anytime soon. Instead, you buy Intel for stability. Given its huge incumbency in several important CPU markets, Intel reasonably projects as a healthy, low single-digit revenue grower for the foreseeable future, with very little variance from that growth rate.You also don't buy INTC stock for the huge gains. You buy it for its steadiness. Compare the 10 year charts of INTC, NVDA, and AMD. Yes, Intel has under-performed over that time frame. But it's also experienced only four drops of 25% or more during that stretch. AMD has gone through over 10. So has Nividia. And both have seen their share price drop 50% multiple times. Intel stock's biggest drop over the past 10 years was about 30%.Meanwhile, you buy INTC stock because it's cheap and shielded from valuation risks. At 12-times forward earnings, Intel is dirt cheap next to AMD stock and NVDA stock, both which trade at over 40-times forward earnings. INTC Stock Will Keep WorkingStability, steadiness, and a relatively cheap valuation are reasons risk-adverse investors should be attracted to Intel stock for the long haul. But in the near term, there are three additional reasons why shares could break out to new highs in 2020.First, global information technology (IT) spending trends will improve in 2020, laying the groundwork for heavier investment into the CPU market. Thanks to easing trade tensions and supportive monetary policy, Gartner expects IT spend to rise 3.7% in 2020, versus just 0.4% growth in 2019. This rebound in IT spending will push Intel's revenue growth rates higher this year.Second, mainstream commercial 5G expansion will create bigger demand for Internet-of-Things (IoT) CPUs. Broadly, 5G is more about better smartphone connectivity -- it's about enabling an entire new era of IoT connectivity. Consequently, as 5G goes mainstream next year, the IoT industry will undergo a renaissance, demand for IoT CPUs will accelerate, and Intel's revenue growth rates will improve, because Intel has established dominance in the IoT CPU market.Third, Intel is set to launch next-generation 7-nanometer CPUs in 2021, the first new batch of lower power CPUs from Intel in some time. Ahead of this landmark new product line launch, investors will likely bid up INTC stock in anticipation of big growth from these new products. Bottom Line on INTC StockIntel may be less trendy that Nvidia and AMD. But, that that doesn't make an investment into INTC stock any worse than an investment into NVDA stock or AMD stock. It just makes it different.In Intel's case, different will work. Over the next several quarters, Intel stock should move higher on the back of improving IT spending trends, rising IoT CPU demand, and increasing optimism surrounding the company's 7-nanometer product launch in 2021.As of this writing, Luke Lango did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post Intel Stock May Not Be Trendy, But It'll Work in 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2020 -- AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced several promotions and a new hire to strengthen its senior leadership team to further enable the.
The stock market moved up sharply, shrugging off the impeachment drama and instead focusing on two new trade deals and a raft of bullish economic data.