49.17 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 6:43PM EDT
|Bid||49.11 x 1000|
|Ask||49.17 x 4000|
|Day's Range||48.97 - 50.00|
|52 Week Range||42.36 - 59.59|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.67|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||11.10|
|Earnings Date||Jul 25, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.26 (2.51%)|
|1y Target Est||51.58|
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.
(Bloomberg) -- The car industry is reinventing the wheel to prepare for autonomous vehicles.Japan’s Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., whose roots stretch back to when Henry Ford was building his Model T, is developing a “smart tire” that can monitor its own air pressure and temperature, and eventually respond by itself to changes in road conditions.Yet it’s more than just tires that are being changed. Koito Manufacturing Co., AGC Inc. and Lear Corp. are putting semiconductors and sensors inside headlights, glass and seats to make them as intelligent as the cars driving themselves.Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo LLC, Intel Corp.’s Mobileye NV and Baidu Inc. dominate the core technology for autonomous driving, yet suppliers still count on finding their own space in the business. Parts for advanced driver-assistance systems and autonomous driving are expected to become a $57 billion market within a decade, according to BIS Research, and old-school companies born during the early days of the automobile know they must either adapt or risk extinction.“Autonomous driving is a challenge for carmakers, but it’s a bigger challenge for conventional parts makers,” said Zhou Lei, a partner at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in Tokyo. “They are striving to become the ‘five senses’ of the vehicle so they can remain relevant.”Carmakers have disclosed more than $14 billion in investments in autonomy and mobility companies since 2010, according to data compiled by BloombergNEF. Toyota Motor Corp. tops that list at about $3 billion.Though the deployment of highly autonomous commercial fleets isn’t expected to begin until at least 2022, the looming threat is that the increasingly sophisticated designs of those cars will render some ordinary parts –- and their suppliers -- unnecessary.For example, why would a self-driving vehicle that uses cameras, lasers and sensors to get around need headlights or mirrors?Smart HeadlightsThe response from century-old Koito Manufacturing is to reinvent the headlight. The Tokyo-based company, which traces its roots to making lenses for railway signal lamps in 1912, is adding sensors and artificial-intelligence chips to lamps it plans to introduce by about 2025.Positioned on the four edges of the vehicle, the lamps will be able to process information and react, such as by illuminating poorly lit crossings, signaling pedestrians that it’s safe to cross and raising an alarm to surrounding drivers by flashing a specific color.The company’s current customers include Toyota, Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.“Autonomous driving will change the role of lamps,” said Yuji Yokoya, who recently retired as executive vice president of the Tokyo-based company. “We see them not just as lamps, but more as corner modules.”Tokyo-based automotive glass-maker AGC is re-imagining that product and making it part of a vehicle’s communication system.Window AntennasThe company, founded in 1907 as Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., is designing windows with built-in antennas for 5G wireless connections, allowing cars to send and receive signals with other vehicles and infrastructure. AGC’s customers include Toyota, Tesla Inc. and Sony Corp., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.An overarching challenge is to convince carmakers that the smarter -- and more expensive -- components make economic sense. Not all parts manufacturers need a radical transformation to keep up with autonomous and electric vehicles since they’ve been evolving gradually as the industry takes shape, said Deepesh Rathore, an independent automobile analyst based in Bengaluru.“A car is a car, and the shape of the tire doesn’t change,” Rathore said. “I can imagine some of those companies having to reinvent everything -- especially those working with engines and gearbox technologies.”Even components that aren’t facing an immediate existential threat are evolving. Sumitomo Rubber is researching tires that can transmit data about road conditions to the car as well as to other vehicles.Smart Tires & SeatsThe next step will be a tire that automatically adapts to road conditions. When the tire detects water, it will change the structure of its surface into one that is optimal for wet roads, said Kozaburo Nakaseko, an official in the research and development division of Sumitomo.“Tires need to become smarter,” Nakaseko said. “We cannot move into an autonomous car society without information about the roads we drive on.”The innovations aren’t just limited to Japan. In the U.S., Lear Corp. is equipping its car seats with biometric sensors to detect stress, drowsiness and changes in heart rate, and then activate treatments in response. The seats also can transmit data to a doctor or family member if necessary, the company said.Other functions include controls that let users create individual “micro-climates” where they are sitting, and noise-canceling features in the headrests, the Southfield, Michigan-based company said.“All the mechanical stuff will just slowly go away, and there is a lot of electronics coming in instead,” said Egil Juliussen, principal auto analyst with IHS Markit. “You have to change in order to survive.”\--With assistance from Mei Futonaka, Anurag Kotoky, Indranil Ghosh and Gabrielle Coppola.To contact the reporters on this story: Ma Jie in Tokyo at email@example.com;Nao Sano in Tokyo at firstname.lastname@example.org;Masatsugu Horie in Tokyo at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org, Ville Heiskanen, Michael TigheFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
The Trump administration may start approving certain U.S. companies to sell their products to China's Huawei Technologies Co. in as soon as two weeks, Reuters reported Sunday. U.S. chipmakers, including Qualcomm Inc. , Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. , have reportedly pushed to resume sales to the Chinese tech giant, which bought about $11 billion worth of U.S. components in 2018. The U.S. banned most sales to Huawei in May, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has recently said sales licenses will be issued in cases where there is no national security risk. Reuters reported licenses will likely be issued on a case-by-case basis, starting in the next two to four weeks.
As Wall Street gets ready to see how tech companies fared in the second quarter, the mantra about a ‘better second half’ is likely going to be a refrain in company conference calls
Investing.com – The very merry July stock market rally bubbled along Friday with the major averages all setting new highs and the S&P; 500 closing above 3,000 for the first time.
After a nearly 80% year-to-date rally, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) is back near its 52-week highs of $34.30. Given that AMD stock fell below $20 late last year, many investors wonder if AMD can hit new highs convincingly or if the stock will once again fail at this level. There are compelling points to be made for both the bear and bull case. Source: Shutterstock InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Reasons to be Bearish on AMD StockThere are a few reasons AMD stock price might struggle to top $35. Many traders like to break even, and for those who bought near AMD's highs last September, there is temptation to sell to avoid any replay last year's fourth-quarter plunge. This selling could lead to technical resistance near $34. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Monster Growth in the Second Half of 2019 In terms of valuation, AMD stock is expensive. AMD trades at a forward P/E of 33 and doesn't pay a dividend. Meanwhile, much larger competitor Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) trades at a forward P/E of 10.8 and pays a dividend that yields around 2.6%. Compared to Intel, Advanced Micro Devices is undersized and lacks the economies of scale and financial resources that Intel has. Many of AMD's current gains are also arguably due to a temporary situation. Due to various delays, Intel is behind AMD in process node technology. And as a result, AMD already has already begun shipping its 7nm Ryzen CPUs, while Intel doesn't plan to launch a 7 nm processor until 2021. AMD's head start with 7 nm processors allows it to steal market share from Intel -- until Intel comes out with its 10 nm processors. According to many analysts, Intel will have an a 10 nm CPU for desktops next year and for laptops this summer. Although Intel is behind AMD currently, Intel will very likely catch up and surpass AMD given its much larger R&D budget. When that happens, market sentiment around AMD might not be as great as it is today. Reasons to be Bullish on AMDHowever, there are several reasons to believe AMD will rocket to new highs.First, stocks don't trade for fair valuation at all times. Many people buy or sell stocks for trades based on technicals or to play catalysts in the future. The buying and selling for non-fundamental reasons could cause AMD to trade higher than its fundamental value in the near future, especially given AMD's strong upward technical trend and the recent positive news surrounding the stock. In terms of the past positive news, AMD has had a number of big contract wins in 2019 ranging from Samsung agreeing to use AMD Radeon graphics tech for its mobile phones to Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG)'s Google agreeing to use AMD's custom GPUs to power its Stadia game-streaming service.Analysts have also upgraded AMD stock, with Nomura analyst David Wong raising his target price to $37 from $33 due to AMD's promising Ryzen desktop processing units. There could be more good news in the future. More analysts could upgrade the stock. AMD could win more big contracts. The U.S. and China could potentially settle their differences, and the end of the trade war would the entire semiconductor sector. If the semiconductor sector goes higher, there will be buying in AMD and the stock could more easily hit a 52-week high. * 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond The Bottom Line on AMD StockOwning a stock near 52-week highs is a good sign -- if the market is strong. Given that the Fed is considering easing interest rates and the major indices have been hitting new all-time highs, AMD has a good probability of breaking through possible resistance and hitting new 52-week highs.As of this writing, Jay Yao did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Buy for Less Than Book * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch * The 10 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 and Beyond The post Can the Bulls Send AMD Stock Rocketing to New Highs? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Today, China released its trade data for June. China’s dollar-denominated exports fell 1.3%, while its imports in US dollar terms fell 7.3% last month.
Investing.com - U.S. futures pointed to another record high on Friday, as momentum continued after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 27,000 for the first time on Thursday.
(Bloomberg) -- In a packed ballroom in Beijing’s national convention center, the executive from a major technology company laid out ambitious plans for the future of artificial intelligence in China. He explained how customized semiconductors would help power everything from autonomous cars to voice-activated industrial machines.Only this wasn’t a state-backed enterprise. This was Intel Corp., the largest U.S. chipmaker.The company’s AI chief, Naveen Rao, pledged to work closely, “engineer to engineer," on cutting-edge technology with the 7,000 people that attended Baidu Inc.’s annual developers conference last week. Intel was the top sponsor of the event.Rao made no mention of politics, though his overwhelming support of Baidu, a Chinese national tech champion, sent a powerful message: Even as U.S. and Chinese leaders are locked in a fierce battle over technological supremacy, companies like Intel remain big backers of China’s tech industry because they rely on the country for significant contributions of revenue, production chains and even talent.Intel made 27% of its revenue in China last year, more than in the U.S. or any other market, but it’s fighting to hold on to customers there that it spent decades cultivating. Like many American multinationals with large businesses in the country, Intel is walking a fine line between holding on to that lucrative market and keeping in Washington’s good graces. Neutrality is becoming a tougher stance to maintain."There’s been a psychotic break” in what some leaders in the U.S. government want and what American businesses want, said Josh Dorfman, founder of One Thousand Million, a China-focused consultancy and think tank based in Dallas. "Unlike in China, U.S. companies aren’t beholden to the country and are not obligated in any way, shape, or form to be patriotic. They want to make money."An Intel spokesman said the company remains engaged with Chinese customers that aren’t on the U.S.’s list of those it sees as a security threat. China is a substantial market for Intel and it has no intention of pulling out now.Intel isn’t alone. Apple Inc. is heavily dependent on China not only for the manufacture of Mac computers and iPhones but it’s also a major consumer market, accounting for about 20% of sales. Even as U.S. President Donald Trump threatened tariffs that would hit Apple products, the California-based company was making plans to shift production of its new Mac Pro computer to China, sending a clear signal of support.While some companies are considering moving part of their production out of the country, many others are making gestures of goodwill. Walmart Inc. last week pledged to invest $1.2 billion in China to upgrade logistics distribution centers. Boeing Co. is in negotiations to sell 100 jetliners to Chinese airlines in one of its largest-ever deals, Bloomberg News reported. And last month, 600 U.S. companies and trade groups signed a letter to Trump warning of tariff-related hits to their businesses.IBM’s Greater China group chairman Liming Chen said that the escalation of China-U.S. trade frictions has created a "confusing environment" for businesses. He outlined International Business Machine Corp.’s long relationship with China, dating back to its products first entering the country in the 1920s, and formally establishing a Shanghai office in 1936."IBM has participated in the rapid development of China over the past 40 years, while China has also nourished IBM," he wrote in a post on WeChat in June, calling the country an "indispensable part of our global strategy map."The U.S.-China trade war is anchored in competition to dominate the next generation of wireless networks and other technologies as much as politics. The Trump administration worries that American companies in search of profits could actually help China’s tech industry eclipse U.S. prowess in sensitive areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning.The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, lambasted Alphabet Inc. in March for Google’s AI work in China, which he alleged "indirectly benefits the Chinese military." Trump repeated the critique in a subsequent tweet, questioning the Google parent’s loyalties. Google has said it doesn’t work with China’s military.The same nationalistic fervor is partly behind the Commerce Department’s May prohibition on selling American components to Chinese telecom behemoth Huawei Technologies Co. Despite Trump’s recent pledge to ease restrictions, Huawei remains on America’s so-called entities list and U.S. firms must apply for special licenses to sell parts to the company.That hasn’t stopped chipmaker Micron Technology Inc. from feverishly trying to find ways to keep supplying the company, one of its largest customers. The U.S. semiconductor industry also lobbied the Trump administration to loosen restrictions on Huawei.Still, American tech companies are facing a new global reality. They may no longer be able to overlook geopolitics in favor of profits. China may not be the growth savior it once was.Tech companies "must now live in a world where their Chinese business partners and global value chains at any given day could blow up," said James Lewis, director of the tech and public policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think-tank. “Trump might have backed off Huawei for now but next week it could be something different and any of these companies are fair game.”Lewis, who previously served as the U.S. Commerce Department’s lead for national security and espionage concerns related to high-technology trade with China, said Chinese firms are also racing to become less reliant on the very American firms bending over backwards to keep their business.Splitting the two economies won’t be easy. Research, development, manufacturing and talent in the U.S. and China are still very much interconnected."Innovation by American companies is fueled by access to the Chinese market," said Samm Sacks, cybersecurity policy and China digital economy fellow at think tank New America, in Congressional testimony in May.For Intel’s AI chief, collaboration with China helps the company to build better products and bring new technology to market fast.“I’m proud of the strong and growing partnership between Intel and Baidu,” Intel’s Rao said in Beijing, after greeting developers with a hearty “nihao.” “By working together to advance AI, Baidu and Intel are helping to usher in a world where AI is ubiquitous.”\--With assistance from Gao Yuan.To contact the reporters on this story: Shelly Banjo in Hong Kong at email@example.com;Zheping Huang in Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.org;Ian King in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
U.S. retail sales beat expectations in June, climbing 0.4% last month. Jimmy Lee, CEO of The Wealth Consulting Group, joins Seana Smith on 'The Ticker' to discuss.