|Bid||51.75 x 4000|
|Ask||51.93 x 3100|
|Day's Range||51.35 - 52.14|
|52 Week Range||42.36 - 59.59|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.70|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||12.07|
|Earnings Date||Oct 24, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.26 (2.43%)|
|1y Target Est||53.13|
San Jose-based Western Digital Corp. will maintain Kazan Networks’ Roseville operations following its recent purchase.
Michelle Johnston Holthaus, who leads the company’s global sales, marketing and communications functions, and Gregory Bryant, who leads the business group that includes PC products, were both named executive vice presidents. Holthaus was already reporting to CEO Bob Swan, but now Bryant will also report to Swan. With both reporting directly to the CEO it shows the importance of their business units.
For several years, the basic narrative behind the semiconductor space went something like this: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) provided the premium-end processors, and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) was the poor man's Intel. Look at the charts, though, and you'll see that this narrative has changed. AMD has skyrocketed to low-earth orbit, while INTC stock has floundered.Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com What has bothered Intel's management team the most, however, was AMD's production acumen. No longer content on dominating the lower-tier processor categories, the smaller semiconductor firm began flexing its muscle. As I mentioned a few months back, AMD stole the show at the 2019 Computex industry conference. With high-level processors designed to compete and steal market share from INTC, Intel stock looked incredibly vulnerable.However, we're starting to see signs that the tide might turn back to Intel's favor. Recently, the company has made substantial progress with its Agilex field-programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs. These are modular chips capable of easy configurations to fit multiple functionalities. As such, FPGAs are incredibly valuable to companies advancing 5G network technologies. That offers synergistic opportunities that can bolster INTC stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAdditionally, Intel claims that the Agilex FPGAs can either impart more performance or less power consumption than its predecessor FPGAs. The company claims that the Agilex is also useful for data centers, which I don't doubt. As a study from Berkeley Economic Review pointed out, Intel has a strong reputation for producing reliable chips. * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy Best of all, the semiconductor giant snagged Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) as an FPGA client. Naturally, this is a massive development for Intel stock. However, investors remain leery about the equity's choppy manners: can they trust INTC? Comparisons Benefit INTC StockMy answer to the above question is yes. However, it's a nuanced affirmation.Obviously, one of the big challenges with the semiconductor industry is the U.S.-China trade war. If it keeps dragging, as some economists suggest, that may cap growth in the sector. Moreover, I'm eyeballing the economic turmoil in Germany and Europe overall. Combined, these headwinds could devastate consumer demand.That's the bad news for Intel stock. The good news is that the U.S. is locked in a technological race with its adversaries. Now more than ever, we need our big tech firms to innovate. Coincidentally, part of the enthusiasm over the Agilex FPGAs is Intel's competition with Chinese outfit Xilinx, which leads the sector. Intel has significantly narrowed the production and distribution gap, which benefits INTC stock longer term.Therefore, if you believe that certain semiconductors will perform well even against economic headwinds, you should consider Intel stock. Because compared to its rival AMD, INTC at this juncture may have the better outlook.Yes, I'll concede that AMD has better sex appeal because of their flashy new processors. Also, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su engineered one of the most remarkable comebacks in business.At the same time, this is also a "what have you done for me lately" business. And right now, some evidence indicates that AMD may have pushed their products too quickly without proper quality control. In the nearer term, that might not matter much. But over the long haul, it could worry clients.Let's face it: in a recession, you want every dollar to count. Therefore, when organizations invest in data centers, for instance, they want consistent, reliable performance. In that department, Intel has the proven history, bolstering the argument for INTC stock. Technical Comparison Also Supports Intel StockMoreover, if we suffer a recession, I believe the technical argument also supports INTC stock. For one thing, AMD has ripped out another strong year so far, gaining 71% year-to-date. On the other hand, Intel is quite the laggard relatively speaking, up less than 16%. * 7 Stocks the Insiders Are Buying on Sale However, this also helps Intel's case, especially if the markets get choppy. AMD has enjoyed speculative fervor, and for good reason. But Advanced Micro is unlikely to continue generating the kind of exciting news to take shares to even higher plateaus.In contrast, Intel shares have been stuck in sideways trading for most of the trailing two-year period. After so much terrible news, shares may experience an upswing. Also, don't forget that Intel pays you a dividend, giving you some incentive to hold.As I said before, the semiconductor space has risks. But if you're searching in this area, I'd rather go for the beaten-up name with an exciting product pipeline rather than one that has already enjoyed the red-carpet treatment many times over.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy * 7 Hot Penny Stocks to Consider Now * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now The post Why Intel Stock Is the Best Semiconductor Name to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
After topping out at $34 this past July and August, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) is holding up at the $30 level. Valuations continue to hamper AMD stock's ascent. It will take a blow-out earnings report to finally put the bulls in full control.Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com Even though AMD has the upper hand in the CPU market in both desktops and notebooks against Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Intel shares are holding up. Intel recently rallied from a $46 low to trade at $52.54 at the end of last week. This suggests that markets believe Intel still enjoys strong prospects in the CPU markets. Yet AMD's latest CPU refresh offers a highly competitive suite of products that could take Intel's market share. It refreshed Ryzen to the third generation, offering seven-nanometer production chips at a higher price to performance over Intel's products.At the macroeconomic level, Intel may face weaker sales as the U.S.-China trade war persists. This will also hurt AMD sales in China. But a weak Q4 sales outlook for Intel will only give AMD market share gain. In 2020, AMD will have more original equipment manufacturers carrying Ryzen third-generation chips.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips EPYC Server DemandOn the enterprise front, expect strong demand for AMD's EPYC server chips. The company now claims 14 world records. On a Red Hat Enterprise Linux setup, testers achieved record speeds on several benchmarks. These results should impress information technology departments. So, as enterprises buy cloud-based solutions, they will demand EPYC-powered cloud solutions instead of using Intel's chips. Building Brand AwarenessAMD has a slew of upcoming webinars that will strengthen the company's branding. It will also build support with its channel partners and developers. In September, the company will talk about its powerful mobile solutions in HP systems. At the end of the month, it will talk about the Ryzen 3800X system that is ideal for powering professional gaming and content creation. * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip AMD's partner launches should lead to market share growth, assuming customers pick AMD chips over Intel ones. Last month, Asus announced a pair of ZenBooks that have Ryzen 5 3500U or Ryzen 7 3700U processors. The GPU will also have an AMD Radeon Vega. AMD Stock's ValuationWall Street analysts are modestly bullish on AMD stock. Of the 22 analysts offering a price target, the average price target is $33.17, 8% above its recent close of $30.70 (per TipRanks). Cautious investors may want to build their financial model to estimate the downside fair value on AMD stock. For example, in a five-year Discounted Cash Flow Exit model, investors might assume the trade war will hurt revenue growth. Should revenue fall to the single digits at any time over the next five years, the fair value of AMD is around $26. Conversely, a 20%-25% annual revenue growth rate would imply a fair value of $41.50 for AMD stock. The Outlook for Advanced Micro Devices StockIn the third quarter, AMD issued an outlook that was weaker than expected. Still, its product launches in the last month should reaccelerate its revenue growth. It launched the seven-nanometer EPYC Aug. 7 and custom Radeon RX 5700 XT GPUs later in August. A Threadripper third generation is on the way. And while these new products will not get counted in the upcoming earnings report, they will have a positive impact on its outlook in the quarters ahead.AMD's valuations are unfavorable at this time at the $30 range, but its prospects are bright. Investors will bid the stock higher as they realize the company achieves its revenue growth potential.As of this writing, Chris Lau did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Momentum Stocks to Buy On the Dip * 7 Dow Titans Breaking Higher * 5 Growth Stocks to Sell as Rates Move Higher The post New Products Could Boost Advanced Micro Devices Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The chip manufacturing giant has reportedly seen lead times stretch for its most advanced manufacturing processes, which are used by Apple, AMD and others.
Oracle (ORCL) is strategically expanding Autonomous Database portfolio and enhancing functionalities of cloud-based applications, which is encouraging adoption.
Unsurprisingly, technology firm Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is enjoy a strong year in 2019. After years of ugly legal battles with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) over patent disputes, the two giants settled their differences. Immediately, QCOM stock shot to the moon.Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com Of course, shares have settled down into their usual cadence, ebbing and flowing based on the news or interpretations of earnings reports. Still, Qualcomm stock is up 37% for the year. Outside of an extremely bearish news item, QCOM seems assured of closing out 2019 deep in the black.That said, some of the positive momentum appears to be waning. For instance, QCOM stock recently incurred three negative sessions in a row. And yesterday, Sept. 16, was particularly interesting.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOn this day, Qualcomm announced that it would buy the rest of its interest in RF360 Holdings, a joint venture between QCOM and TDK (OTCMKTS:TTDKY). RF360 specializes in RF front-end filters, which are necessary components in rolling out the 5G network. * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now According to a statement from Qualcomm, the acquisition enables the organization to "deliver a truly complete solution" for mobile platforms. Theoretically, the news should lift Qualcomm stock. Thanks to rival Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) bungled attempt at developing 5G modems, QCOM enjoys significant breathing room.Unfortunately, that's not how the markets viewed things. Instead, QCOM stock slipped about 0.5% in the Monday session.This is hardly a time to panic. Nevertheless, it is interesting that despite having a clear advantage in the 5G arena, Qualcomm stock has not been able to capitalize on it recently. Still, I wouldn't give up on this compelling tech opportunity. Nearer-Term Concerns Conflict with Longer-Term NarrativeJust as it's not surprising that QCOM stock is having an outstanding year overall, it's also no mystery why shares have recently slowed.Primarily, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war puts a damper on most industries. More worryingly, some economic experts have voiced their concerns that the trade war could drag on for years. Such a scenario is especially problematic for Qualcomm stock. The San Diego-headquartered tech firm generates about 65% of its revenue from China.Moreover, troubles in Europe, such as Brexit and Germany teetering toward recession, weigh on global markets. Logically, if Europe's biggest economic powers hit choppy waters, it doesn't bode well for the rest of the continent. Also, such a negative development hurts broader consumer demand.After all, 5G-ready phones are rare. And if you really want one, you're going to have to pay a pretty penny. According to CNBC, you're looking at $1,300 for a Samsung Galaxy S10+ 5G, which runs on Qualcomm's current Snapdragon 8 platform.Moreover, the 5G rollout has only occurred in limited locations. Thus, if you're not in one of those areas, you're out of luck. In the here and now, these nearer-term concerns weigh on QCOM stock.That said, speculators may want to advantage these lulls in the pricing dynamics for Qualcomm stock. The tech firm is hard at work in not only driving innovation, but also toward implementing cost efficiencies. Earlier this month, management announced that they're developing 5G platforms for less expensive phones.Just as importantly, this news item coincides with telecom giants AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) committing to developing 5G infrastructures in dozens of major U.S. cities. Thus, the tech-based fundamentals for QCOM stock are lagging the underlying infrastructure. But by the end of next year, this situation should resolve itself. Geopolitics Favor QCOM StockUnderstandably, many investors are leery about tech names. That sentiment would only be amplified during a recession.But even here, I think Qualcomm stock has some safety measures. Amid the natural capitalistic drive to develop 5G technologies, a geopolitical motivation exists as well. Like it or not, we're embroiled in a tech cold war with our adversaries, primarily Russia and China.Everyone is seeking to gain an edge here. Tomorrow's wars may not be kinetic but instead digital. As such, America's brightest tech firms dominating the landscape isn't just a matter of pride; it's also a matter of national security.Thus, when push comes to shove, I see federal oversight and regulation as less of a concern. While enforcing privacy and antitrust laws are important, they pale in comparison to potentially losing the tech cold war. It's just another factor to keep in mind if you're considering QCOM stock.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long AT&T stock. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy * 7 Hot Penny Stocks to Consider Now * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now The post Be Patient When Considering Qualcomm Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) received an upgrade from Moody's right before the weekend. This should help reduce the company's debt costs. Later on, it could even help bolster AMD stock.Source: Shutterstock However, while AMD looks like a solid buy on the surface, issues have appeared that should create some doubts. Unless and until these issues resolve themselves, investors should hold out for a discount before buying. The Moody's Upgrade HelpsMoody's took AMD's debt rating to Ba2, up from the previous Ba3. In raising the rating for the AMD corporate family, Moody's cited the company's "design wins" and gains in market share as reasons for the improved performance outlook. AMD stock rose by almost 1.6% to $30.48 per share following the news.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI cannot argue with Moody's rationale on the improved debt rating. Long known as the lower-cost, less-regarded semi manufacturer, analysts should now regard AMD as a full-fledged player in the semi industry. However, the question on the minds of traders is whether that will improve the performance of the stock. * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now On the surface, I see few reasons not to buy AMD. The forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of just under 29 is not cheap. However, projected earnings increases of 37% this year and 68.3% in fiscal 2020 make the slightly elevated PE ratio worthwhile. Heed AMD's rangeHowever, markets often run up against stubborn price limits, and this has happened to Advanced Micro Devices stock. As I have stated in previous articles, the $34 price ceiling continues to plague AMD. This limit has left it range-bound and the current price of just over $30 per share places the equity in the middle of the range first established in May.Will this range break eventually? In all likelihood, yes. Lisa Su continues to do an outstanding job in taking market leads over Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and keeping it competitive on the graphics side against Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA). That will bolster profit growth and eventually push AMD stock through the price ceiling. AMD Stock Is More Than Just RangeboundHowever, the baffling aspects of AMD stock go well beyond a stubborn price ceiling. Our own Will Ashworth found another issue, namely the lack of insider buying.Over the last year, not a single insider has purchased any Advanced Micro Devices stock. Moreover, insiders sold over 39 million AMD shares during the previous 12 months. That comes in far ahead of the roughly 2.27 million shares sold by Intel insiders and the 491,317 shares of Nvidia sold.InvestorPlace feature writer James Brumley believes that AMD will more than likely move with the market. Much like AMD, the overall market seems to trade in a range as well. The S&P 500 continues to flirt with record highs despite a trade war and a lengthy economic expansion.Brumley also made a point in a previous article about the 7nm Rome processor not living up to the performance expectation. Like Boeing (NYSE:BA) and the 737 MAX, AMD may have caused performance issues by rushing its 7nm processor to market.Many reports have surfaced about Rome not performing as advertised. While I do not think this stops the AMD recovery story, it may make some investors wary of AMD for now. The Bottom Line on AMD StockAMD is not as great a buy as it may appear. When comparing both the Moody's upgrade and the forward PE ratio to the expected profit growth rate, Advanced Micro Devices stock looks like a definite buy on the surface.However, it seems concerning that insiders have not bought into the story. Moreover, doubts about the performance of 7nm Rome could place further pressure on the stock. As a result, traders have seen the same thing happen over the last year--AMD stock reaches the $34 per share range and then sells off.Furthermore, it has remained below the 50-day moving average since August 13th. Unless it breaks out of the current range, investors should only consider buying near the $26 per share level.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Recession-Resistant Services Stocks to Buy * 7 Hot Penny Stocks to Consider Now * 7 Tech Stocks You Should Avoid Now The post Insiders Are Laying off AMD Stock and So Should You appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Malaysia has set up a panel to fast-track investments as it seeks to woo businesses affected by the U.S.-China trade dispute and it approved more than $500 million in new proposals this month, a government minister said. An increasing number of U.S. and Chinese businesses have been moving manufacturing out of China to escape tit-for-tat tariffs imposed on each other's products. Malaysia's new National Committee on Investment I (NCII) aims to encourage investment in Southeast Asia's third-biggest economy and it approved investments worth 2.2 billion ringgit ($526 million) in its first meeting, the minister said.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ORACLE OPENWORLD – Intel Corporation and Oracle today announced that Oracle is incorporating the high performance capabilities of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory into its next-generation Exadata platform, Oracle Exadata X8M.
- Q2 2019 share repurchases were $164.5 billion - 20.1% lower than Q1 2019, 13.7% lower than Q2 2018, and 26.2% lower than the record Q4 2018. - Apple continues to lead, spending $18.2 billion - down from ...
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(Bloomberg) -- A House panel investigating big tech companies for potential antitrust violations is seeking information from customers of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook about the state of competition in digital markets and the adequacy of existing enforcement, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg.It’s the latest development in the bipartisan congressional investigation being conducted by House antitrust subcommittee chair David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island.The eight-page survey doesn’t mention any companies by name, but it seeks information about the industries they dominate such as mobile apps and app stores, search engines, digital advertising, social media, messaging, online commerce and logistics as well as cloud computing.The survey asks respondents to identify the top five providers for the various digital services and how much it paid each of those providers since Jan. 1 2016. It also asks for any allegations of antitrust violations or business practices that hurt competition. The committee offered respondents the possibility of confidentiality if they desired.The panel has asked for responses to its survey by mid-October.Assessing AntitrustThe survey appears geared toward businesses that pay the big technology companies for services such as cloud computing, digital advertising and help selling mobile apps and products online. It doesn’t appear to focus on general retail consumers that buy products from Amazon or iPhones from Apple.It also shows how regulators are relying on customers and competitors of Big Tech to help them better understand digital markets and and how dominant players can stifle competition. The Federal Trade Commission has been quietly interviewing online merchants that sell goods on Amazon to better understand the business.The questionnaire shows the House panel trying to assess the grip big technology companies have in various markets, a first step in probing for antitrust violations. If the panel finds competition is so scant that the customers of big technology companies have no viable alternatives, it justifies further scrutiny of business practices as well as mergers and acquisitions.The questions also suggest the panel is open to examining how antitrust laws are applied in digital markets and if enforcement and laws need to be updated.A Google spokesman declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Amazon and Facebook both declined to comment, but pointed to previous comments by executives in which both companies said they welcomed government scrutiny and maintain they exist in markets with healthy competition. Emails to representatives for the House committee weren’t immediately answered.The survey sent to customers follows the public disclosure of letters the House antitrust subcommittee sent to Google parent Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. Those letters, posted online, seek detailed information about acquisitions, business practices, executive communications, previous probes and lawsuits. The letters followed a July hearing in which lawmakers grilled tech executives.The House panel has been the most visible of various probes of technology companies. Representative Cicilline has been a vocal critic.Speaking at an antitrust conference in Washington, D.C. last week, he said, “you would be amazed” at the number of companies that have come forward with concerns about the potentially unfair way that big tech companies compete. Some have even expressed fear that the tech giants will respond with economic retaliation if the smaller companies’ concerns are made public, Cicilline said, without providing more detail.The House panel’s probe is part of a broader examination of the control companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook have over the U.S. economy. The FTC is investigating Amazon and Facebook while the Justice Department is probing Google. Separately, 50 state attorneys general have announced an antitrust probe of Google.(Adds requested date for survey responses in fifth paragraph. An earlier version corrected the spelling of David Cicilline.)\--With assistance from Naomi Nix and Ben Brody.To contact the reporter on this story: Spencer Soper in Seattle at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org, Ian FisherFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
As tech stocks go, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) provides investors with potential upside while also providing a reasonable amount of downside protection should the global economy slow. Most InvestorPlace contributors, including myself, consider Intel stock a smart play at this point in the economic cycle. Source: JHVEPhoto / Shutterstock.com InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf you're looking for a stock with a sound balance sheet and healthy free cash flow generation, there aren't many that can compete with INTC stock. Intel Stock Is a Safer PlayAt $53, the Intel stock price has room to move higher. In mid-August, InvestorPlace's Luke Lango suggested three catalysts existed that would move Intel stock to $60 within a few quarters. Since Luke made this call, INTC is up 12% and definitely on the move. * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession A few days before Lango's Intel buy recommendation, IP's James Brumley was positive about the company despite the fact it was well behind Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD) when it comes to launching a 7-nanometer processor. In early June, I argued that Intel's free cash flow yield of 6.7% suggested that it was getting closer to value territory. Up almost 20% in the three-and-a-half months since, its free cash flow yield has dropped to 5.4%, a good, if not great FCF yield. All things considered, Intel stock remains a safer play than some of its more volatile competitors. A Hidden Reason to Buy INTC StockFree cash flow and a sound balance sheet are smart reasons to own Intel. However, there's another reason why some investors might consider buying its stock: Cloudera (NYSE:CLDR), the leading enterprise data cloud provider.The California-based company has had a crazy year on the markets. Down 17% year to date through Sept. 12, it has gained back 82% of those losses in the past 90 days, a chunk of it coming in the past week as a result of better-than-expected Q2 earnings. In June, after reporting disappointing Q1 2019 results, CEO Tom Reilly announced his resignation effective July 31. The company has struggled with its $5.2 billion merger with HortonWorks, a combination that gives it more than $700 million in sales and 2,500 customers.What's this got to do with Intel?Intel owns 26.1 million shares of Cloudera, making it one of the company's largest shareholders with 9.3% of its stock. Intel originally invested $742 million in Cloudera in May 2014. With the HortonWorks merger, Intel's ownership stake was diluted down to less than 10%.In the three months ended July 31, Cloudera lost $87 million on $196.7 million in revenue. On a non-GAAP basis, it lost $7.4 million from operations in the quarter, $90 million less than a year earlier on a 16% increase in annualized recurring revenue. In 2020, it expects to lose between 24 cents and 28 cents a share on a non-GAAP basis with as much as $775 million in revenue. While Cloudera has great potential, the fact that it's struggling to make money has made it a difficult stock for analysts to get behind, with just six making it a buy out of 20 covering it. Carl Icahn Likes Intel Stock and ClouderaHowever, the company's troubles have caught the attention of Carl Icahn, who owns more than 18% of its stock. Although Cloudera is losing business to Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Icahn believes that Cloudera stock is undervalued. Currently, Intel's ownership stake is worth much less than Cloudera's $15 IPO price. If you like Cloudera but are nervous about making a bet on it while it's still searching for a permanent CEO, buying Intel stock is a smart way to protect your potential downside. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money The post The Hidden Reason to Buy Intel Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
U.S. stock futures are trading higher this morning and now sit a whisker from new records.Source: Shutterstock Ahead of the bell, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are up 0.32%, and S&P 500 futures are higher by 0.22%. Nasdaq-100 futures have added 0.07%.In the options pits, calls continued their recent trend of trouncing put demand while overall volume came in near average levels. By the time the closing bell rang, 21.7 million calls and 16.5 million puts traded. Meanwhile, over at the CBOE, the single-session equity put/call volume ratio remained near its two-month low at 0.55. With the spate of low readings in September, the 10-day moving average continues to be pulled lower to close under 0.62.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsA diverse group of equities landed atop the most-active options leaderboard. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) was flooded with options volume ahead of today's dividend payout. Square (NYSE:SQ) fell to a nine-month low on above-average volume. Finally, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) rallied for its seventh day in a row, but resistance overhead gave a reason for put buying. * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch Let's take a closer look: Coca-Cola (KO)Consumer staples have enjoyed a consistent upward march this year, and nowhere has the trend been more obvious than in Coca-Cola. Plunging interest rates are creating renewed demand for dividend payers. KO stock's 2.92% stands tall compared to the 10-year yield, which is plumbing to the depths near 1.75%.And it is this juicy dividend that options traders have to thank for Thursday's explosive volume. The boom in call volume was driven by investors seeking short-term control of the stock for eligibility to the upcoming 40 cent quarterly payment. KO is trading ex-dividend this morning requiring you to have owned it by yesterday's close to participate in the next pay-day.As is usual with dividend targeting, calls drove the bus with activity zooming to 721%. In total, 206,418 contracts changed hands with 95% of the tally coming from calls.Implied volatility pushed to 20% landing it at the 29th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are baking in daily moves of 69 cents or 1.3%. Square (SQ)The broad market is a whisker from record highs, but some sick stocks are sinking toward 52-week lows. You can count Square shares among the ill. SQ fell for the fifth straight day yesterday amid increasing distribution.And the charts leave little room for optimism moving forward. The next potential support zone isn't until $52.50, which is 9% lower. While buyers could swoop in to the save the stock before then, I certainly wouldn't bet on it with every major moving average now pointing lower.On the options trading front, puts outpaced calls by a slim margin. Total activity climbed to 250% of the average daily volume, with 159,984 contracts traded. Puts accounted for 52% of the sum.Despite the deterioration, we've seen virtually zero fear. Implied volatility just sank to 39% or the 6th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are cheap, so if you're banking on the bears, long puts or put spreads are attractive. Intel (INTC)Intel is on the rise, notching its seventh straight daily gain yesterday. The nascent recovery has been strong enough to pull the 20-day and 50-day moving averages higher. This confirms buyers have officially wrested control of the short- and intermediate-term trends.INTC stock now stands at a critical juncture; $53.25 is a powerful resistance zone that has kept a lid on INTC ever since April's disastrous earnings drop. Tack on the fact that Intel shares are extremely overbought and this is as logical a level as any for the stock to pause. At any rate, it's not a low-risk entry, so I'd caution against piling in here. A pullback would provide a better spot to jump in. * 7 Stocks to Buy to Ride the Vegan Wave As far as options trading goes, puts proved more popular despite the day's rally. Activity swelled to 155% of the average daily volume, with 101,473 total contracts traded; 56% of the trading came from puts.Anxiety has been easing alongside the price rally. Implied volatility has fallen to 25% or the 23rd percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are pricing in daily moves of 83 cents or 1.6%.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Big IPO Stocks From 2019 to Watch * 7 Discount Retail Stocks to Buy for a Recession * 7 Stocks to Buy Benefiting From Millennial Money The post Friday's Vital Data: Coca-Cola, Square and Intel appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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.
Ask a lot of Wall Street analysts what to buy today, and many of them will say Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU). On the surface the memory maker looks dirt cheap for a tech stock. The price-earnings ratio is below 6, and price to sales is just 2. Assuming the inventory recession of last year is over, results could improve sharply. Even if they don't, MU stock is still a bargain.Source: Charles Knowles / Shutterstock.com But there's a reason Micron sells at 6x earnings. Micron's history is one of booms and busts, and this bust may not be over. That's because the good times have brought out some big new suppliers.So, buy or sit?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips The Buy ArgumentThe buy argument starts with the most recent results, delivered in June. Net income of $1.2 billion, or $1.05 per share on revenue of $4.79 billion was "better than feared." Chip prices are stabilizing and could start to rise by the end of the year.Micron next reports earnings September 26. The consensus estimate is for net income of 42 cents per share, or about $500 million, on revenue of $4.5 billion. There is also a "whisper number" of 49 cents per share. * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market Analysts are expecting an upside surprise. They have set a low bar they expect the company to clear handily. The stock is still "priced for disaster" as our Thomas Niel wrote recently. Whether this is the bottom or next month is the bottom is less relevant than the idea that you can see the bottom. The Hold ArgumentWhile analysts have been boosting their price targets on the stock, $52-$55 isn't far from the $50 and change the stock is due to open at this morning.That's why the sages at InvestorPlace are telling bulls to be careful. Be careful in the short run, writes Will Healy. It's an "ugly road" to the top, writes Luke Lango, who recommended the shares at their bottom of $35.The concern, as always, is China. It's not just the trade war, with its tit-for-tat taxes. It's also China's stated goal of becoming independent of American chip suppliers. This starts with Micron. The U.S. government formally charged two Chinese companies with stealing Micron's intellectual property last year. Micron CEO Sanjay Mehotra was reportedly in China recently, meeting with one of the companies that were charged.There's also Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Intel and Micron ended their memory partnership last year. Intel has opened a new front in the competition with new packaging, tying memory more closely with processing, including graphics processing.Samsung remains the biggest memory producer, with twice Micron's market share. Another Korean company, SK Hynix is also a bigger supplier than Micron. Bottom Line on Micron StockMy own optimism for Micron stock is based in large part on Mehotra, who became CEO two years ago. This came after a long career building Sandisk, now part of Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC). * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September This is not Mr. Mehotra's first rodeo. He's like a great football coach you got because his previous team was sold.Mehotra has been making Micron more international, increasing hiring in India. Micron has the cost structure to compete against anyone, even the Chinese.While investors are getting ahead of themselves in the near term, the longer term remains bright. There is a super-cycle for memory. It began with phones, PCs and even cloud centers. Chip memory can also go into the tiny spaces needed to automate everything from factory equipment to refrigerators to traffic lights.If you have a five-year time horizon for a tech investment, you can buy Micron now. I said that months ago. It's still not too late.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this article. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Battered Tech Stocks to Buy Now * 7 Strong-Buy Stocks Hedge Funds Are Buying Now * The 7 Best Penny Stocks to Buy The post Why Does Micron Stock Have Analysts Falling in Love All Over Again? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Investing.com - The Dow is set to pass its intraday record high on Friday and other indexes were also near record highs after upbeat trade news from China, while an upside surprise on core inflation wasn't seen as enough to stop the Federal Reserve cutting rates next week.
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. semiconductor industry urged President Donald Trump to make good on his promise to ease the ban on sales to China’s Huawei Technologies Co.“We encourage prompt action to issue approvals for sales that do not implicate national security concerns, particularly where there is foreign availability for competing products,” the Semiconductor Industry Association said in a letter dated Sept. 11 to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, which was seen by Bloomberg News. Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. and are among members of the association.China’s largest technology company has found itself at the center of a trade conflict between Beijing and Washington that’s weighing on the global economy.After meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in late June, Trump said he would loosen restrictions on Huawei export licenses and that Beijing had agreed to buy more U.S. farming goods. But neither side has followed through on those pledges, and the U.S. has since increased tariffs on Chinese goods, sparking retaliation by China.In July, Trump met with chief executives from major technology companies including Micron Technology Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google who asked for a timely decision on the resumption of sales to Huawei.Trade BlacklistAmerican businesses require a special license to supply goods to Huawei after the U.S. added the Chinese company to a trade blacklist in May over national-security concerns.Huawei is the third-largest buyer globally of U.S. semiconductors, the association said in the letter. Sales to Huawei of “non-sensitive” products ranging from mobile phones to smart-watches “do not implicate national security concerns,” the group said. The ban is making it more difficult for U.S. firms to compete against foreign rivals that don’t face the same restrictions, according to the letter.Delays in awarding the special licenses could weaken the U.S. semiconductor industry because it will lead to lower profits, forcing some companies to cut research and eroding their dominance in the global market, the association said.To contact the reporters on this story: Jenny Leonard in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org;Ian King in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
There has been strong demand for better and faster communications for literally thousands of years -- from smoke signals to homing pigeons to the Pony Express, telegraphs, and telephones. Call it the thousand-year bull market … one that I can see continuing for another 1,000 years.Fortunately, we don't need to think that far ahead to make money now. In fact, we can start right now. The next great leap in technology and communications is happening as we speak, and this move to 5G is going to be the biggest one yet.Think about how important technology has become to our economy, our lives, and our world over the last century. Take technology away and almost everything collapses.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf that's not the definition of infrastructure, I don't know what is. It used to be roads, and now it's the information super highway. Technology is everywhere … from our computers to our clothes dryers to our cars.Investors who recognized this trend in the 1980s and 1990s and owned the best internet infrastructure stocks made a ton of money:Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was the leader in semiconductors. Those chips were a big part of the foundation, and the stock soared more than 3,500% in the 1990s.Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) made the equipment that made all of those chips. Its return in the 1990s: more than 6,150%.Then there was Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), the king of communications and networking equipment. This stock went from under $1 per share in the early 1990s to $43 by the end of the decade for life-changing returns of nearly 34,000%! (The stock took off so sharply in the late 1990s that you can see how the higher prices on the y-axis are mushed together.)We are now on the verge of the most advanced breakthrough of all -- a new infrastructure that will not only make communications faster but enable virtually all of the coming technological innovations across the world.Just as there were fortunes made in prior generations, there will be big money made once again. In fact, I think this opportunity is even bigger because the leap ahead will drive other tech trends -- some of the most powerful the world has ever seen.Think of it as the next-generation toll road. The road to the future passes through 5G wireless technology, and it's time to set up our booth and start collecting. "A Game Changer for Humanity""Get ready," 5G "is going to change EVERYTHING," says Forbes.ZDNet says it's so critical that it's going to "replace the future."Financial Times calls it simply "a game changer for humanity."5G is poised to fundamentally alter the very fabric of society. This tech is little-known (as of now), but it is going to be the centerpiece of an entire new generation of groundbreaking technologies. That's pretty heady stuff, and I completely agree.It is the key driver of what insiders are already calling the "Next Industrial Revolution."In fact, that's exactly why USA Today claims "it has the potential to usher in the fourth industrial revolution -- it's that massive."MIT calls it "the next technological revolution."Tech insiders are already claiming the impact of 5G will be like the printing press, the internet, and the steam engine.That's why billionaire investors like Bill Gates and Ray Dalio are beginning to invest millions of dollars into this emerging tech. Companies like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are secretly making massive investments in it as well.Here's my prediction: If you invest in 5G today, it could be like getting in on the early days of Amazon, when investors could have made a massive 102,000% gain. Or Alphabet, which has allowed investors who bought when it first went public as Google to make more than 20 TIMES their money.I want to help you do that. How to Get StartedTech insiders estimate more than one trillion devices will be connected over the next 10 to 15 years. Automotive … financial services … agriculture … retail … defense … healthcare … manufacturing … media and entertainment … transportation … public safety … construction. It's all about to be revolutionized.The rollout of 5G is going to be MUCH bigger than 4G.4G was an improvement. 5G is a game changer.When exactly does all of this excitement happen? This time around, we have so many more applications in mind -- just waiting for this breakthrough. $53 TRILLION in new revenue will be added to the economy over the coming years, and those who become early backers of these technologies could make a fortune.It's already started.I believe 5G is so important to our world and to investors that I want to talk much more with you about it in the coming days. I want to make sure you understand what it is, why it's so revolutionary, and most importantly how to make money.I am incredibly excited about this the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I know you will be, too, as you learn more about it. Stay tuned.Matthew McCall left Wall Street to actually help investors -- by getting them into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA) and +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), just to name a few. Click here to see what Matt has up his sleeve now. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Companies Using AI to Grow * The 10 Biggest Winners From Second-Quarter Earnings * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks to Consider for Those Who Can Handle Risk The post 5G Stocks: How to Invest in the Technology That "Is Going to Change Everything" appeared first on InvestorPlace.