|Bid||59.60 x 1100|
|Ask||59.69 x 3000|
|Day's Range||59.24 - 60.00|
|52 Week Range||42.86 - 60.97|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.91|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.95|
|Earnings Date||Jan 22, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.26 (2.11%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Nov 04, 2019|
|1y Target Est||57.19|
Fourth-quarter earnings season continues with earnings from Netflix, IBM, Intel, Comcast, and several airlines. Plus, central bank decisions and Davos.
Built on top of data collected by SAP analytics cloud and resembling an air-traffic control room, the team’s Executive Huddle service is housed in a suite at Levi’s amid popcorn, drinks, and assorted snacks.
Reports from Netflix, Intel and Texas Instruments next week may hint at what is to come in the December quarterly earnings season, with some investors wary of possible danger signs that could knock Wall Street after its latest surge to record highs. The S&P 500 has gotten off to a strong start in January, up 3% so far this year, fueled by a truce in the U.S.-China trade war, low interest rates and signs the economy remains healthy. Analysts on average expect reports to show S&P 500 earnings per share fell 0.8% in the fourth quarter, with technology earnings seen up 0.6%, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
DnB nearly tripled its investment in Intel stock in the fourth quarter. The bank also sold nearly half of its stake in AMD stock.
Dow component Intel Corporation (INTC) has gained more than 30% since posting a multi-month low in August 2019, roughly the same percentage as market-leading semiconductor funds and indices, but the chip giant's long-term performance is far less bullish. This bearish divergence adds risk ahead of next week's fourth quarter earnings report, raising the odds for a reversal that may affect the group's leadership. The PHLX Semiconductor Index (SOX) has posted an astounding 79% return since the December 2018 low, highlighting a historic breakout above 20-year resistance.
Hexavest of Montreal, an affiliate of Eaton Vance, more than doubled its investment in the embattled aerospace giant Boeing. Hexavest also bought Home Depot, Intel, and Walmart stock in the fourth quarter.
Intel Corp. is looking to hand in its second quarter of revenue growth in a row after sales stalled at the beginning of 2019 as data-center sales growth seeks to offset declines in the chip maker’s largest segment.
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?
Reports from Netflix, Intel and Texas Instruments next week may hint at what is to come in the December quarterly earnings season, with some investors wary of possible danger signs that could knock Wall Street after its latest surge to record highs. The S&P 500 has gotten off to a strong start in January, up 3% so far this year, fuelled by a truce in the U.S.-China trade war, low interest rates and signs the economy remains healthy. Analysts on average expect reports to show S&P 500 earnings per share fell 0.8% in the fourth quarter, with technology earnings seen up 0.6%, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
The chip giant appears to be reorganizing its "data-centric" businesses into a new Data Platforms Group.
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.
Editor's note: InvestorPlace's Earnings Reports to Watch is updated weekly. Please check back next week for our latest earnings picks.Earnings season begins next week. And it's obviously an important stretch for the market. Broad indices are trading at new all-time highs on Thursday, which suggests expectations are reasonably elevated as the earnings calendar picks up.Meanwhile, many companies that report on a calendar-year basis will deliver not only fourth-quarter results, but guidance for 2020. In a market already pricing in a strong year, disappointing outlooks would undercut investor confidence.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSo earnings reports next week will be closely watched, ahead of an bigger slate the following week. And it's difficult to predict exactly how those reports will be received. After all, the last reasonably significant decline in U.S. stocks began at the start of earnings season in late July. Three months later, third-quarter earnings reports catalyzed the year-end rally.This stretch of the earnings calendar thus seems like a rubber match. And it begins with an interesting group of earnings reports next week across sectors and across the value/growth continuum.The airline sector, which underpins my pick for the Best ETF of 2020, sees reports from the likes of American Airlines (NYSE:AAL), Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) and United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) after a strong report from Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) this week.That key sector should highlight consumer confidence, as should apparel play VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC). Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) kicks off earnings from the currently hot semiconductor space. * 10 Monthly Dividend Stocks to Buy to Pay the Bills But these seven earnings reports look like the most important next week. They include some big names in some important sectors, whose results could signal how the rest of earnings season will play out. Earnings Reports to Watch: International Business Machines (IBM)Source: Laborant / Shutterstock.com Earnings Report Date: Tuesday, January 21, after market closeFor International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), Q4 earnings likely will come down to guidance and Red Hat. IBM stock has been rangebound for over four years now, and still trades about one-third below 2013 highs. A lack of growth has been the key reason why.The Red Hat acquisition is supposed to change that, and make IBM a more legitimate player in the cloud. It's still early in the integration of that deal, which only closed in July, but investors will be looking to the 2020 outlook for a key data point in terms of early performance.The concern ahead of Tuesday's release is that the need for growth is nothing new. Third-quarter results in October were similarly important, yet IBM's revenue disappointed and IBM stock fell on the release.As a result, IBM firmly is a "show me" story at this point. It will take both a strong quarter and a positive outlook to change that, and drive IBM stock out of its rangebound ways. Netflix (NFLX)Source: vesperstock / Shutterstock.com Earnings Report Date: Tuesday, January 21, after market closeFourth quarter earnings from Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) likely will have the broadest impact of any release next week.To be sure, Netflix's numbers obviously will matter to NFLX stock itself. Options markets at the moment are pricing in a nearly 8% move by the end of next week. Netflix's subscriber numbers have been soft on occasion, most notably in the second quarter and the figure will be closely watched. With competition ramping, Netflix likely has even less room for error than it has in the past.But that competition means the results will matter to other names as well. The "streaming wars" are ramping up. Disney (NYSE:DIS) already has disclosed strong subscriber numbers for its Disney+ service. AT&T (NYSE:T) and others have their own services on the way. Tuesday's release could show whether Netflix has an insurmountable lead -- or whether its rivals have a legitimate opportunity to take market share. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 Even outside the sector, the report will matter, given that NFLX is one of the largest and most well-covered stocks in the market. Does NFLX catch a bid after a strong quarter? Or are we, as some fear, at a point where valuations are simply too stretched, particularly among high-flyers? Investors should watch post-earnings trading in NFLX closely, because it could signal the broader sentiment towards valuation and growth at this point in the bull market. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)Source: Alexander Tolstykh / Shutterstock.com Earnings Report Date: Wednesday, January 22, before market openFor Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), the goal on Wednesday morning is pretty simple: no surprises. JNJ stock has rallied nicely in recent weeks, as the company seems to have put its myriad legal and regulatory issues in the rear-view mirror, at least for now.To keep the rally going, J&J likely needs to provide an earnings beat, which shouldn't be terribly difficult: The company has topped Street expectations on both lines for nine consecutive quarters. And it needs to avoid any new disclosures about additional liabilities or earnings accruals relative to its legal exposure.That combination should be enough. JNJ stock still is reasonably cheap, at just 16x forward earnings. A 2.6% dividend yield is attractive in an environment where the 10-year Treasury offers just 1.8%. Getting back toward normal has been unquestionably good news for JNJ stock; now, the company just needs to keep it that way. Abbott Laboratories (ABT)Source: Shutterstock Earnings Report Date: Wednesday, January 22, before market openAbbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) is an interesting name to watch next week. Despite the market rally, ABT stock has been surprisingly stuck, with resistance holding just below $90 going back to this summer. Heading into Wednesday morning's release, shares are nearing that resistance again, setting up an interesting report.A solid gain after earnings could set up a technical breakout. Any weakness, however, and resistance gets even firmer. ABT stock obviously is unlikely to soar or plunge following the report, but post-earnings trading in the stock likely sets its near-term direction. * 7 5G Stocks to Connect Your Portfolio To But as with Netflix, here too the reaction to earnings will be interesting. The valuations assigned growth stocks like NFLX have garnered much of the headlines. But at 24x forward earnings, ABT is one of many "safe" stocks receiving historically high multiples. Are investors willing to pay those multiples -- or something even higher -- for anything less than a perfect quarter? Procter & Gamble (PG)Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Earnings Report Date: Thursday, January 23, before market openThat same question applies to consumer giant Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG). To be sure, the huge rally in PG stock, which has risen 80% in less than two years, makes some sense. A long-running turnaround effort finally has gained traction and driven earnings growth.But at the same 24x forward multiple as ABT, PG stock has a historically high valuation. The last time shares garnered anything close to 24x was in the early to mid-2000's, when P&G's international opportunity was far newer and far larger.As a result, P&G seemingly has little room for error on Thursday morning. And its trading could read across to peers like Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), as well as the likes of Abbott Labs and even Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). In this bull market, investors have steadily paid higher and higher prices not just for growth, but for quality. It's fair to wonder if and when that ends. Comcast (CMCSA)Source: Todd A. Merport / Shutterstock.com Earnings Report Date: Thursday, January 23, before market openThe question for Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) at the moment is: can it catch up? That's true for CMCSA stock, which has mostly lagged both the broader markets and particularly peer Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR). And it's true for the company's Peacock streaming service, which launches in April.As far as CMCSA stock goes, the key figure to watch might be video subscribers. "Cord-cutting" clearly accelerated in 2019. Faster erosion of that subscriber base won't impact just Comcast stock, but suppliers like AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA).The other key area to watch will be on the content side. NBCUniversal, whose intellectual property underpins Peacock, too is struggling with cord-cutting. Valuations assigned the likes of AMCX and DISCA show that investors are pricing in steady declines in revenue and profits for media companies. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Are Not Worth a Second Glance A poor report from Comcast would amplify cord-cutting concerns for both the distribution and content businesses, particularly if Netflix's U.S. subscriber numbers impress. With Comcast stock near all-time highs, the streaming launch still three months away, and Netflix earnings on Tuesday, it's easy to see a bearish narrative emerging next week. Comcast doesn't need a perfect quarter, but it does need to avoid the perfect storm. Intel (INTC)Source: Kate Krav-Rude / Shutterstock.com Earnings Report Date: Thursday, January 23, after market closeTexas Instruments does have the first of the chip sector's earnings reports next week with its Q4 release on Wednesday afternoon. But Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has the most important. Like many semiconductor stocks, INTC has rallied nicely in recent months. And investors may discount TXN earnings to some extent, given that company's soft guidance in October proved to be an outlier in the industry.Intel's report on Thursday is likely to move the sector. The question is in which direction. Again, many chip plays have gained, with higher-growth names like Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) soaring. The narrative among investors clearly has returned to a focus on future drivers like 5G, automotive and cloud over near-term cyclical worries.The mission for Intel is to keep that narrative intact. Weak demand among cloud providers hit the sector early last year, and that end market no doubt will be the point of focus on Intel's Q4 conference call. First quarter guidance will be key as well.As with many companies in this bull market, it's probably enough for Intel to simply not give investors a reason to sell. If the company does, however, that selling pressure likely will spread to the rest of its industry, at least in regular trading on Friday.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The 10 Worst Dividend Stocks of the Decade * 7 Game-Changing Tech Stocks to Buy Now * 5 Chinese Stocks to Buy for the Big 2020 Rebound The post 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week 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.
Benefits of robust adoption of Xeon processors are likely to get reflected in Intel's (INTC) Q4 results. However, sluggishness in the PC business is expected to have affected performance.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock price had a stellar 2019, as it was up about 59%. In the first two weeks of the new year, QCOM stock has extended that run, up another 3%.Source: nikkimeel / Shutterstock.com San Diego-based Qualcomm is the world's largest maker of mobile chipsets and wireless modems. It's expected to release Q1 2020 earnings results on Feb. 5. Ultimately, investors should always base their decisions on individual risk/return profiles. Yet due to the impressive increase in the QCOM share price, investors with paper profits may now want to ring the cash register. Those who do not own Qualcomm stock may consider buying into the company at any upcoming dip. What to Expect from QCOM Stock's Next EarningsThe chip giant is best known for the Snapdragon suite of system-on-chip (SoC) semiconductor products, which underpin smartphones. In 2019, as the leading supplier of mobile SoCs, weak smartphones sales have been a major concern for the company. Nonetheless, the QCOM shareholders have looked past the soft sales and pushed the stock price to a recent 52-week $94.11 high.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWhen the company reports Q1 earnings, analysts will analyze three segments: * QCT (Qualcomm CDMA Technologies): semiconductor business, about 60% of revenue; * QTL (Qualcomm Technology Licensing): licensing business, about 19% of revenue; and, * QSI (Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives): makes strategic investments, about 1% of revenue.Although QCT provides Qualcomm with most of the revenue through sale of mobile chipsets, wireless patents provide most of the profits. Put another way, QCOM stock's higher-margin licensing unit supports the growth of its lower-margin chipmaking business.Many other companies, including tech giants such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Samsung (OTCMKTS:SSNLF), that manufacture or use chips, need to obtain a license from QCOM. According to the company, revenues from Samsung constitute more than 10% of consolidated revenues. Similarly, revenues from Hon Hai Precision Industry, which trades as Foxconn Technology Group, and other suppliers to Apple, also constitute more than 10% of consolidated revenues.And the owners of QCOM stock will likely benefit from the continued reliance of these companies on Qualcomm's intellectual property as the Southern California chipmaker is one of the leaders on the 5G front, propelling earnings growth. Major 5G Player2020 will be the year when 5G wireless technology moves to the fore. And the fifth-generation infrastructure market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% in the first half of this new decade. * 7 Stocks That Are Screaming Buys Right Now If experience and past results act as a guide for the future, Qualcomm's success in earlier 3G and 4G mobile networks will help the stock increase its bottom line.The evolution means handsets must have new chipsets that are 5G-compatible. With the smartphone upgrade cycle that is underway, many users will be purchasing a 5G-compatible device. Qualcomm management is estimating that about 200 million of those will be shipped this year.In April 2019, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) announced that it would be leaving the market for 5G chips for mobile phones. Intel's departure leaves Qualcomm to lead this segment. When Apple debuts three 5G compatible phones later in 2020, they will all run on QCOM modems. So, too, will the new Yoga 5G personal computer from Lenovo Group (OTCMKTS:LNVGY), recently unveiled with its QCOM chips.In other words, Qualcomm is in a strong position to benefit from 5G development in the coming quarters. Autonomous Driving and QCOM StockTo be sure, 5G has not really entered our daily lives yet. When it does, it is expected to improve the network capacity and connection speed significantly. During 2019 various providers and cell phone producers that have contributed to this project have started rolling out their products and services.In addition, other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) autonomous driving, will likely be affected in a very big way. Earlier in January, Qualcomm announced a computing system, dubbed Snapdragon Ride, for autonomous vehicles.Within the next three year, the company is getting ready offer a platform that will be able to handle a wide range of cloud-to-car activities related to autonomous driving.In other words, 5G is likely to open up new venues for Qualcomm as the company expands its portfolio to reach out to a wide range of customers. Should You BUY QCOM Stock Now?I have been a firm believer in Qualcomm stock for over a year, now. And fundamental reasons are likely to drive QCOM shares to higher levels in the coming months, too. The company will provide a significant part of the intellectual property that will be used to develop 5G communications standards.However, given the recent increase in the QCOM share price, I do not regard it as a value proposition at this point. I'd rather wait to see the various metrics to be released in the next earnings report before buying into the stock.Yet, if you are a long-term investors whose portfolio can weather daily swings in the market, you may want to sit through any potential volatility during the earnings season. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 Alternatively, you may also consider hedging your position with covered calls. For example, Feb. 21 expiry ATM calls would offer investors some downside protection as well as enable them to participate in a potential up move following the earnings release.Finally, those investors who buy into QCOM share price now would also benefit from the current dividend yield of 2.7%. Income investors know that they can compound their returns through reinvesting dividends from high-yielding stocks. Qualcomm has a history of increasing dividends and it may not ba a surprise to hear that the board increases the dividend in 2020.Longer-term, I'd expect QCOM stock price to reach $125 in two to three years.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Up-and-Coming Small-Cap Stocks to Watch * 7 Energy Stocks to Buy on the Resurgence of the Oil Boom * 3 Standout Oil Services Stocks to Buy The post After a 62% Run-Up, Does it Make Sense to Buy Qualcomm Stock Now? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
As an Intel director and employee for almost 40 years, Imelda Castro takes pride in her 20 years of working in diversity and inclusion initiatives for the global semiconductor company. Now based in Chandler, her goal is to increase female representation and women in color at the company.
The CEO of McAfee LLC is stepping down and will be replaced by Peter Leav, the former CEO of BMC Software and Polycom, now part of Poly. Chris Young had served as CEO of the Santa Clara security software company since 2017. “It has been a privilege to work with the McAfee team, and I am very proud of the results we have delivered for our customers, partners, employees and investors,” Young said in a statement.
Lead by technology and financial services names -- two of the three largest sector weights in the S&P 500 -- the major equity benchmarks ascended to fresh records Thursday as the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, one of the cornerstones of President Trump's 2016 campaign.Source: Provided by Finviz * The S&P 500 advanced 0.84% * The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 0.92% * The Nasdaq Composite jumped 1.06% * Mature technology stocks got in on that sector's rally today as highlighted by Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) leading the Dow with a gain of 2.1%In addition to the aforementioned signing of the USMCA, the White House's second trade victory this week, stocks were supported by some favorable economic data. While some brick-and-mortar retailers have recently delivered disappointing results for the holiday shopping season, the broader picture was brighter today.Total retail sales rose 0.3% last month and excluding the lagging automotive group, the increase was a more impressive 0.7%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat data point helped the likes of Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) join the ranks of the Dow Jones winners today and there were plenty of those, as 26 of the blue-chip index's names were in the green in late trading. Good News for TechPhase I of the U.S.-China trade deal has wide-ranging implications for a variety of sectors and industries, but many of the thorny technological issues between the two countries will need to be addressed in another round of trade talks. * 7 Great Financial Services ETFs to Buy Now for 2020 Still, there was some good news for tech investors today and it came from a company that's not a Dow member. Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM) said its fourth-quarter revenue climbed 10.6%, though that somewhat disappointed analysts.More importantly, the company forecast first-quarter sales of $10.3 billion, above Wall Street forecasts. The company is the world's premier chip foundry firm and its revenue proclamation today explains Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was one of the Dow winners on Thursday.Piper Sandler analyst Harsh Kumar said in a note out earlier today that "2020 appears to be a major recovery year for the semiconductor market."Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) got in on the act because Taiwan Semiconductor management cited 5G deployment as a catalyst for higher revenue this year. Many TSM customers are Apple suppliers. Still RisingDisney (NYSE:DIS) notched another modest gain today, again proving its 2019 bullishness was no fluke. What was impressive about Disney's upside was that it was accrued against what could be deemed a challenging intraday backdrop.First, rival Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) launched its Peacock streaming service, a competitor to Disney +. Second, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) reports earnings next week and some analysts are saying the company will put to rest investors' concerns about rivals, such as Disney +.Netflix reports results Tuesday, Jan. 21 after the bell, an event that will almost certainly move that stock and potentially Disney as well. Earnings EvaluationWith the financial services sector keeping markets awash in earnings reports, the sector was boosted by Morgan Stanley's (NYSE:MS) update today. That's not a Dow component, but Morgan Stanley's rally was enough to keep all of the Dow's financial services members in the green today.American Express (NYSE:AXP) and Travelers (NYSE:TRV), two Dow representatives from that sector, report fourth-quarter results next week. Boeing, Believe it or NotBoeing (NYSE:BA) was again among the Dow winners despite another day of challenging headlines, something the company should be accustomed to by now. Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) joined rivals in saying it will keep the 737 MAX grounded until at least June.A Department of Transportation panel said earlier today said the Federal Aviation Administration did things by the book when it signed off on the 737 MAX three years ago, but enhancements need to be made to the FAA's procedures. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 Bottom Line on the Dow Jones TodayToday's bottom line actually doesn't pertain directly to the Dow or any of its constituents, but it's relevant nonetheless.Some market observers are opining that 2020 could be a banner year for small-cap stocks, a sentiment the Russell 2000 Index's Thursday breakout may have confirmed. Obviously, there aren't any small-cap names in the Dow, but if that segment of the market rallies, it would benefit other groups in the form of increased risk appetite.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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 Dow Jones Today: More Records as Financials, Tech Lead the Way appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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.
TSMC issued a strong Q1 sales outlook amid heavy demand for its most advanced manufacturing processes. And it shared a capex budget that has given a boost to chip equipment stocks.