|Bid||49.28 x 4000|
|Ask||49.29 x 800|
|Day's Range||48.89 - 49.47|
|52 Week Range||42.36 - 59.59|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.67|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||11.16|
|Earnings Date||Jul 25, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.26 (2.56%)|
|1y Target Est||51.58|
Chipmaker Nvidia is at the forefront of AI and machine learning, but earnings and share prices have dived. Here is what fundamental and technical analysis say about buying Nvidia stock now.
Intel (INTC) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.315 per share ($1.26 per share on an annual basis) on the company’s common stock. Intel (INTC), a leader in the semiconductor industry, is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of the world’s innovations. Find more information about Intel at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.
Each day, Benzinga takes a look back at a notable market-related moment that occurred on this date. What Happened? On this day 51 years ago, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was founded. Where The Market ...
Taiwan's TSMC forecast that robust demand for 5G chips will drive a stronger second-half even as it anticipates a dispute between Japan and South Korea involving chip-making materials to be a big source of uncertainty. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) forecast third-quarter revenue to rise as much as 8.4% from a year earlier in U.S. dollar terms. TSMC, which makes modem chips for U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, is expected to see early gains from the shift to 5G as smartphone makers including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Huawei race to develop phones enabled with that technology.
Some of the product news from last week were about Apple services and iPhones, Facebook Oculus, Intel's 5G patents and Amazon's satellites.
While not widely popular nor cheap to do — 50% of the U.S. didn’t even want to fund the mission, which cost about $25 billion in 1969 — its impact still reverberates today.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock has its share of challenges.The mobile chip maker saw a nice pop in mid-April, with shares rising from about $57 up to as high as $90 after settling its litigation with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). But concerns with a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust ruling have pushed the stock down to the $65-$75 price level.With government rulings threatening the company's competitive advantage, what is the next move for Qualcomm stock?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip Read on to see why QCOM stock is a hold: Good News and Bad News for QCOMThe April Apple settlement boosted Qualcomm stock. After years of an ugly patent dispute, Apple settled, agreeing to pay Qualcomm between $4.5 billion and $4.7 billion and start a six-year licensing agreement.This good news helped push QCOM stock to new highs. Unfortunately, it was chased with a heavy dose of bad news.In May, Qualcomm stock tumbled after a ruling from the FTC. The FTC found that the company was engaging in unfair trade practices, exploiting its size to keep out competition and squeeze cell phone manufacturers. Qualcomm was ordered to license its technology to rival chip makers, negatively impacting the company's "edge."But Qualcomm has received a reprieve: the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has asked the appeals cause to pause the antitrust ruling. The DoJ cited "Qualcomm's critical role in 5G technology in the short-term" as the rationale behind their decision.Does this mean QCOM is out of the woods? Maybe, maybe not. While the DoJ and other agencies believe Qualcomm's market power to be in the national interest, it is clear that QCOM's days of high margin licensing could be over.Without high margins, it becomes tougher to justify Qualcomm's valuation. With nonexistent growth, investors need a reason to keep bidding up QCOM shares. Qualcomm Earnings: Where is the Growth?QCOM last announced earnings on May 1st. For the quarter ending March 31, 2019, sales were down 5% year-over-year (YoY), primarily due to declines in the company's QTL licensing segment (down 8% YoY).Non-GAAP EPS for Q2 FY19 was 77 cents a share, about the same (78 cents) as in Q2 FY18.The company's aggressive share buyback program has been a factor in maintaining EPS. Qualcomm bought back $22.6 billion worth of shares in FY18, and has already bought back $1.02 billion in FY19. The company has $7.8 billion remaining under their current stock repurchase program.Qualcomm has also been able to maintain EPS via cost cutting. As discussed in the last 10-Q, QCOM successfully reduced annual operating costs by $1 billion.But to move the needle, Qualcomm needs organic growth. While the adoption of 5G is a solid future catalyst, it could be years before the new technology reaches critical mass. Qualcomm's investor communications speak little of "game-changers" in the pipeline.However, even with a lack of a growth story, Qualcomm does not trade at a discount. Let's take a look at its earnings multiples relative to peers: QCOM Stock Fairly ValuedCompared to its peers in the semiconductor space, Qualcomm's valuation seems reasonable. QCOM stock trades at 15 times forward earnings, and has a EV/EBITDA ratio of 14.9.Here are the earnings multiple metrics for Qualcomm's peers:Intel (NASDAQ:INTC): 11x forward earnings, EV/EBITDA of 7.3Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN): 20.6x forward earnings, EV/EBITDA of 15.4Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO): 12x forward earnings, EV/EBITDA of 14.2With Qualcomm stock trading at EBITDA multiples similar to AVGO and TXN, it is hard to make a value case for QCOM. Until a solid discount to peers emerges, it is tough to find a compelling reason to enter the stock. Bottom Line: Avoid QCOM StockFor investors looking to enter Qualcomm today, the stock is not a buy. Despite the reprieve from the DoJ, Qualcomm's competitive advantage is materially impacted by the FTC decision.If the high operating margins of licensing are impacted, it becomes tougher to justify QCOM stock's current valuation. QCOM could be a buy if it starts trading at a discount to TXN and AVGO, but for the time being the stock appears fairly valued relative to its peers.On the other hand, QCOM could be attractive to dividend investors. As InvestorPlace contributor Brad Kenagy pointed out, QCOM offers a fairly high dividend yield (3.3%). Coupled with the company's buyback strategy, QCOM shareholders could see benefit even if the share price treads water.The next big move in QCOM stock will likely come from the company's earnings announcement on July 31st. Excluding the one-time item from the Apple agreement, QCOM projects quarterly non-GAAP diluted EPS to be between 70 cents and 80 cents per share, down 20-30% YoY.If QCOM exceeds expectations, shares could see a bump. But given they are not out of the woods regarding the antitrust decision, additional upside remains limited.Investors should take all of these factors into consideration before initiating a position in Qualcomm stock.As of this writing, Thomas Niel did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post Qualcomm Earnings Still Threatened by FTC Ruling appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Over the last few quarters, big tech companies have been under the scanner. There are issues ranging from monopoly to handling customer data.
Intel Corp. may have a better-than-expected June-ending quarter at the expense of next quarter as PC sales rose partly in anticipation of upcoming tariffs in the ongoing U.S. trade war with China.
Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) is back at the highs. The AMD stock price cleared $33 last week, something it's managed to do a few times in the past year. Each time, those levels have proven to be bad news for Advanced Micro Devices stock.Source: Shutterstock AMD stock got there for the first time last September, reaching a 12-year high at the time. It immediately dipped. After two more tries, the chip sector as a whole collapsed. The AMD stock price went from $33 to $17 in a matter of weeks.AMD stock briefly touched $34 last month. It fell promptly declined 15% over the next five sessions.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIt's pretty clear that levels around $33-$34 have proven to be resistance for the AMD stock price. The question now, particularly with Q2 earnings on the way in two weeks or so, is whether this time will be different. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The Risks to the AMD Stock PriceThere are three reasons to see current levels as potentially risky for Advanced Micro Devices stock. The first is precisely that history, particularly in the context of chip stocks more broadly. Big earnings from Micron (NASDAQ:MU) have helped boost the sector in recent weeks, admittedly.But semiconductor stocks have seen quite a bit of volatility over the past year. Micron may have touted optimism - but Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) did largely the opposite. Even before those reports, this has been a space where investors are best off zigging while the market zags, buying when sentiment turns sour and selling when optimism returns. That's held for AMD as well, obviously, given the stock has doubled from December lows.As such, resistance here may be firm. And that risk is buttressed by fundamental concerns. As I wrote last month, at those June highs, AMD stock isn't cheap. It trades at over 32x next year's consensus EPS. The average Wall Street price target still sits below the current price.Analysts don't always have it right, obviously (that's been particularly true in the chip space over the past eighteen months), but 32x is a big multiple for chip stock. Investors in Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) learned what happens when an investor overpays for growth in such a cyclical industry. If only on a short-term basis, investors in Advanced Micro Devices have learned the same lesson a few times.And the third risk for AMD is the earnings report on the way, likely at or around the end of this month. Expectations clearly are high. AMD has stumbled after earnings in the past - most notably with a 22% decline after the Q3 report in October. AMD needs a big quarter to keep a repeat from occurring this time around. The Case for Advanced Micro Devices StockThe simple answer to all those worries is: so what? AMD stock has climbed the "wall of worry" for years now. After all, this was a $2 stock as recently as 2016, with real fears that the company might eventually declare bankruptcy.That's obviously no longer the case. AMD's new chips have made it a formidable competitor to Nvidia and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Intel's repeated mistakes only increase the possibility of more market share gains, more growth, and a higher AMD stock price. And those self-inflicted wounds at AMD's key competitor, along with reports of strong PC sales, suggest Q2 numbers will be impressive.Broadly speaking, this simply is a much better business than it was, and it's a really good business on its own. The "old" Advanced Micro Devices was a second-tier provider of chips for low-priced PCs. But it's now a more diversified player in terms of both PCs and growing end markets like data centers. AMD stock might not be cheap, but it shouldn't be cheap. The Bottom Line on Advanced Micro Devices StockBoth sides can make a strong case at the moment, which makes Q2 earnings particularly important. Technically and fundamentally, AMD stock is likely to move further in whatever direction it trades after the report.Big numbers lead to higher earnings estimates and likely a series of analyst upgrades that can further goose the stock. That, in turn, pushes AMD through resistance, which usually (though not always) triggers higher prices.Anything less, however, and history suggests Advanced Micro Devices stock could have a problem. We've seen AMD move from $33+ to under $30 in a blink. Bad news, or even an outlook that doesn't quite match currently optimistic expectations, could do the same, or worse.All told, I'd expect that a month or two out, AMD stock isn't trading at $33. But which way it moves will depend largely on what kind of story Advanced Micro Devices can tell with its second-quarter report.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post Advanced Micro Devices Stock Could Be Set to Finally Bust Through appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Corporate profits for 2Q 2019 are expected to be weak, and a growing number of CEOs and other top executives are offering negative guidance.
U.S. equities continue to show an upward bias on Monday, with the S&P 500 holding above the 3,000 level while the Dow Jones Industrial Average remains north of the 27,000 level. Impressive gains all around as Wall Street continues to look past things like uneven economic data and an inverted yield curve to focus instead on the dovish policy pivot by the Federal Reserve and the likelihood of interest rate cuts later this year. A number of mega-cap components in the Dow are perking up nicely and still present attractive entry points for buyers on the sidelines looking to get into the action. The early action in many of the names seems predicated on a thawing of U.S.-China trade relations later this year. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond With all of that in mind, here are five Dow Jones stocks to consider: InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Caterpillar (CAT) Click to EnlargeShares of heavy equipment maker Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) are extending further away from its 200-day moving average to close in on the prior high set back in April. A breakout here would put an end to a long downtrend pattern going back to January 2018 and would set the stage for a challenge on the prior record high near $170, which would be worth a gain of more than 21% from here. The company will next report results on July 24 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $3.12 per share on revenues of $14.5 billion. When the company last reported on April 24, earnings of $2.94 beat estimates by 8 cents on a 4.7% rise in revenues. Disney (DIS) Click to EnlargeDisney (NYSE:DIS) shares keep marching higher, pushing to new records as it exits a multi-year funk. The opening of the new Galaxy's Edge theme park area as well as the approach of the release of the latest Star Wars movie has investors excited about ticket sales and merchandising revenue heading into the holiday shopping season. * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 The company will next report results on Aug. 6 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of $1.76 per share on revenues of $21.5 billion. When the company last reported on May 8, earnings of $1.61 per share beat estimates by 4 cents on a 2.6% rise in revenues. Goldman Sachs (GS) Click to EnlargeShares of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) are pushing away from a consolidation range going back to last fall with an extension away from its 200-day moving average. The stock is benefiting from expectations of easier policy from the Federal Reserve later this year, which would bolster long-term interest rates and help with net interest margins. Watch for a run at the mid-2018 highs near $240, which would be worth a gain of more than 14% from here. The company will next report results on July 16 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $4.82 per share on revenues of $8.6 billion. When the company last reported on April 15, earnings of $5.71 beat estimates by 69 cents on a 12.6% decline in revenues. Home Depot (HD) Click to EnlargeHome Depot (NYSE:HD) shares are enjoying an extended rally off of their 200-day moving average, setting up a run to new record highs after breaking up and over old resistance near the $210 a share level. Falling long-term interest rates could help the housing market enjoy another surge of activity after a lack of affordability dampened activity last summer. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond The company will next report results on Aug. 20 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $3.09 per share on revenues of $30.9 billion. When the company last reported on May 21, earnings of $2.27 beat estimates by 8 cents on a 5.7% rise in revenues. Intel (INTC) Click to EnlargeIntel (NASDAQ:INTC) shares are breaking up and out of resistance from their 200-day moving average to end a two-month funk and close in on the gap down range near $55. Such a move would be worth a gain of 10% from here. Remember that semiconductors are the raw materials that the modern economy runs on, with pretty much every device containing processing power of some type these days. A turnaround in economic activity, spurred by easier money, will benefit chipmakers like Intel. The company will next report results on July 25 after the close. Analysts are looking for earnings of 88 cents per share on revenues of $15.6 billion. When the company last reported on April 25, earnings of 89 cents per share beat estimates by 2 cents on $16 billion in revenues. As of this writing, William Roth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Wall Street loves turnaround stories. Over the years, investors in Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) stock have been delighted with the price performance of their shares. I'm going to discuss the short- and long-term outlook of AMD stock, one of the darlings of Wall Street in 2019.Source: Shutterstock AMD stock is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 24. Year-to-date, the Santa Clara-based chip designer is up about 93%. Long-term, I believe AMD stock price is going to rise much more. However, in the short-term, as AMD stock and its peers get ready to release quarterly results, there could be increased volatility in the markets. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy I would encourage long-term investors to wait several weeks before buying AMD stock or hedge their positions if they currently own the stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips What to Expect From AMD Stock EarningsWhen AMD releases earnings in late July, Wall Street will pay attention to two segments: * Computing and Graphics and * Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-CustomOn April 30, Advanced Micro Devices reported its Q1 2019 earnings. Its profit of 6 cents per share came in slightly ahead of analysts' consensus outlook. In its Computing and Graphics segment, AMD's revenue tumbled 26% year-over-year (YoY) to $831 million. In the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment, its revenue fell 17% YoY to $441 million.Overall many analysts saw the Q1 earnings report as a sign that AMD is executing its strategic plans well. In the current quarter, AMD management expects its revenue to be about $1.52 billion, a decrease of approximately 13% YoY.Since late 2014, under the leadership of CEO Lisa Su, revenue has gone up and the company has been improving its balance sheet. Its debt has reduced and investors are hopeful that AMD stock can see positive cash flow soon. Over the next five years, analysts expect AMD to grow earnings by about 30% annually.As new frontiers in technology, such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous driving, and 5G are being developed, I am bullish on the future of Advanced Micro Devices, which has been quite successful in recent years. As a result, I am also upbeat on the long-term outlook of AMD stock.Yet, recent positive news from Advanced Micro Devices stock's earnings and its clients have been factored into AMD stock price. Until AMD's next earnings announcement, its stock is likely to become a battleground between long-term investors and short-term traders.AMD has a history of reporting mixed results. Therefore Wall Street is likely to be cautious going into earnings. AMD Stock Is Catching up With Its Main CompetitorsUntil 2019, Advanced Micro devices has mostly played catch-up with Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). The market cap for NVDA and INTC stocks are $101 billion and $223 billion respectively. AMD stock's market cap stands at $37 billion.Nvidia has dominance in graphics processing units (GPUs) while Intel has been a leader in central processing units (CPUs), the computing engine of most computers and data centers. Graphics processing units accelerate central processing units, boosting the performance of video and graphics and improving computers' overall performance.In May, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that AMD and Cray (NASDAQ:CRAY) had been awarded a $600 million contract to develop the 'Frontier' supercomputer. Expected to become the world's fastest computer, Frontier will perform advanced calculations in areas like nuclear and climate research.The supercomputer will use AMD's EPYC CPUs, each of which will be connected to four of the company's Radeon Instinct GPUs. This important deal confirms that AMD is now a recognized industry leader. In other words, AMD has a roadmap to compete with Intel's dominant CPUs and Nvidia in the graphics-card space.In Q3 AMD is expected to start selling its 7-nanometer (nm) chips, rivaling Intel's 10nm, which will not be sold until the end of the year. With these smaller and more power-efficient chips, AMD is aiming to take market share from Intel, especially in data center business.As AMD launches its Navi graphics cards in Q3 featuring the company's 7-nanometer chips, management is confident that it will take GPU market share in the gaming segment from Nvidia.In short, Advanced Micro Devices has taken important steps to make the fundamental metrics of the company stronger and to catch up with its main competitors. What Could Derail AMD Stock Short-Term?Wall Street has recently been debating whether the semiconductor industry, which is highly competitive and cyclical, has entered a prolonged downturn. Could these chip stocks have reached their 2019 highs in the eyes of investors?For long-term investors, such gyrations in the sector are nothing new. Yet, in the coming weeks when many chip companies announce their earnings one after the other, any potential weak guidance that may be issued could lead investors to become bearish on semiconductor stocks.Wall Street is nervous that chip companies' upcoming results will be mixed. Analysts follow AMD's gross margin levels closely. The company expects its Q2 gross margin to be 41%, the highest in eight years. Therefore, any unexpected dip in the margin could easily push AMD stock price south.China is the leading consumer of semiconductors (more than 50%). On the other hand, U.S. chip companies lead the world with a combined global market share of nearly 50%. Furthermore, many technology companies either have manufacturing plants in China or use Chinese companies in their supply chains. Therefore, Wall Street fears that U.S. chip makers will be among the largest losers of the current trade war.Furthermore, analysts are debating whether Advanced Micro Devices stock is becoming overvalued. For example, its forward price-to-earnings-growth (PEG) ratio is about 2x. Similarly, AMD stocks's price-sales (P/S) ratio of about 6x is also quite high. To put the metric into perspective, the S&P 500's average price-sales ratio is 2.1. Should Investors Buy AMD Stock Prior to Earnings?As a result of the impressive run-up in AMD stock price in 2019, its short-term technical indicators have become quite "overbought." In June, in addition to the broader market rally, AMD stock got an analyst upgrade that gave a big boost to its price.If you are an investor who follows technical charts, AMD stock has strong resistance around the $34 level, where the stock is about to make a triple top. Therefore, if it cannot go and stay over $35 soon, some profit-taking is likely to occur.Because AMD is a momentum leader stock, investors should expect sizable daily swings in the AMD stock price. Technically AMD stock is known to make a series of rallies and consolidations. We can expect this trend to continue in July and August, too.If you already own Advanced Micro Devices stock, you might want to stay the course and hold onto your position. That said, if you are worried about short-term profit taking, then within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3%-5% below the current price point, to protect the profits you have already made from AMD stock.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using an Aug. 16 expiry at-the-money (ATM) covered call strategy. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of AMD at a limit price of $33 and sell an AMD Aug. 16 $33 call option, which currently trades at $2.4.The $33 option offers some downside protection in case of volatility and a decline of AMD stock price. It would also enable investors to participate in a potential up move. This call option would stop trading on Aug. 16 and expire on Aug. 17.I find AMD stock to be a buy candidate, especially as its price declines below $30. In a few years, I'd expect the shares to reach $40.As of this writing, the author holds INTC covered calls (July 19 expiry). More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post Can AMD Stock Jump Higher on Q2 Earnings? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Corporate earnings reports trickle in at all times of year. But there's a reason we talk about "earnings season" -- and that's because we tended to get flooded with most of the earnings reports around the same time.That time is now. And the impact on stocks will be real.This week we find out whether some very major companies met their targets…or fell short. The particulars will be overanalyzed on TV. And even before the report is released, all kinds of Wall Street "hotshots" will be placing their bets.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMost of what you'll hear on TV will be pure conjecture. I'm a numbers guy, so I prefer to deal in facts. So today, we'll be previewing some of the biggest names on the earnings calendar this week. Then if you own them -- or want to buy them -- or are looking to sell them…you can do so with the right information. * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy You can do this yourself for the stocks you'd like to watch -- at earnings, or any other time -- by creating a watchlist in my Portfolio Grader. Because the big banks are up to the earnings bat first, starting with Citigroup (NYSE:C) first thing this morning, I'm going to use them as an example. Everyone on Wall Street will be watching these closely. You might own some of them in your stock portfolio -- and I can almost guarantee you've got some in your mutual funds.As for the dates: I keep an earnings calendar for my investing services, like Growth Investor, so subscribers can find out when our stocks will report. It also includes earnings estimates. But if you're not a subscriber, you can find some reporting information on sites like Nasdaq's Earnings Calendar.Once you've figured out which stocks to check, you can see how they stack up by plugging in their ticker symbols, just as I have above.Here's what we get on those big banks:Ten years ago, who'd have ever thought than an all-online bank, Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), would be a "Buy" -- while Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), one of the few banks to come out of the financial crisis a winner, is now a "Sell"?Well, a lot's happened since then.Let's dig into my Report Card on those two bank stocks in particular because there's some interesting things we'll discover.Here's how ALLY measures up:ALLY's earnings momentum -- in other words, how rapidly its earnings have been accelerating over the past four quarters -- leaves something to be desired at the moment, as does its cash flow. But ALLY has a lot going for it: It's got good operating margins; it's growing sales and earnings year-over-year, and it's delivering a good return on equity.Overall, ALLY stock's "B" rating makes it a "Buy" in my system.Then there's Wells Fargo…What WFC's Report Card basically tells us is that the stock is none too popular on Wall Street ahead of earnings. Analysts are lowering their expectations for the stock. And according to my Quantitative Grade -- my proprietary measure of money flow -- WFC stock is bleeding investor cash right now.Wells Fargo's fundamentals look okay. It's been growing sales, its operating margins looks good, and so does its cash flow. But there is clearly something the "smart money" doesn't like here. And that's a red flag going into its earnings report on Tuesday.If there's one thing I've learned in 40 years investing, it's to "follow the money." ALLY stock might not have earned a perfect Report Card -- but its Quant Grade of "B" indicates that major players are accumulating shares. Wells Fargo, which had comparable fundamentals overall, has a Quant Grade of "D." That indicates an outflow of investing cash. And ultimately, this momentum is a big determiner of whether your investment succeeds or fails. One Final Note Ahead of EarningsWhile Portfolio Grader is always full of valuable information, I have to admit -- I'm not too excited about the big banks.Remember, interest rates are still pretty low…and could be going lower soon! The Federal Reserve has not only stopped hiking rates, it is openly considering CUTTING them. While it's good news for those of us who want, say, a small business loan, it's detrimental to the banks. Cutting rates means cutting into their profits -- i.e., their "earnings."So, even if the banks post good numbers now, they might have to lower their profit forecasts. And that's a poor position to be in.On the flip side, I like tech stocks right now. And I'm excited about one investment in particular. It reminds me of the 1980s, when Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was powering the PC revolution -- and investors just couldn't get enough of its stock.Those days are gone. But one little-known company is playing a similar role now. I've got a full presentation for you at this link.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) * 7 Short Squeeze Stocks With Big Upside Potential The post Are Bank Stocks a Buy on their Earnings Report? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
What’s New: Today, Intel announced that an 8 million-neuron neuromorphic system comprising 64 Loihi research chips — codenamed Pohoiki Beach — is now available to the broader research community. With Pohoiki Beach, researchers can experiment with Intel’s brain-inspired research chip, Loihi, which applies the principles found in biological brains to computer architectures. Loihi enables users to process information up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 times more efficiently than CPUs for specialized applications like sparse coding, graph search and constraint-satisfaction problems.
Even though the whole 5G smartphone thing didn't work out, Intel is stillworking on hard on its Loihi "neuromorphic" deep-learning chips, modeled afterthe human brain