- Intel reports higher-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings
- Earnings $1.52 per share vs. $1.25 per share as expected by analysts
- Revenue exceeded the $20 billion mark
Intel (ITC) stock price gained nearly 15% this week after the tech giant reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on all fronts. As a result, shares of Intel printed a fresh 20-year high.
Fundamental analysis: Intel’s Client Computing Group impresses
Intel reported earnings of $1.52 per share compared to $1.25 per share, while revenue also eclipsed analysts’ estimates of $19.23 billion, as it came in at $20.21 billion.
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“In 2019, we gained share in an expanded addressable market that demands more performance to process, move and store data. One year into our long-term financial plan, we have outperformed our revenue and EPS expectations. Looking ahead, we are investing to win the technology inflections of the future, play a bigger role in the success of our customers and increase shareholder returns,” said Bob Swan, Intel’s CEO.
The company’s largest operating segment, the Client Computing Group, posted $10.01 billion in revenue, exceeding the $9.74 billion market consensus.
“We think that Intel’s PC chip shortages likely resulted in some PC business being pushed from the December quarter into the March-2020 quarter, which we think could cause Intel’s CCG revenue in the March quarter to be higher than usual, despite a sequential seasonal step down,” said Nomura Instinet analysts, who have a “buy” rating on Intel stock.
Moreover, CEO Swan also said the company expected a growth of 18% next year, which again, beat market expectations.
“We are also planning for an increasingly competitive environment as we move through the year,” said George Davis, Intel’s finance chief.
Technical analysis: Highest levels since 2000
Intel stock price soared more than 8% on better-than-expected earnings to hit $69.29, which is around 15% better than $59.81 where the stock opened the week. The bulls are now approaching the key short-term resistance at $70.09. The absolute target for the bulls is $75.81, which is the all-time high for the Intel stock, set in August 2000.
On the downside, the broken ascending trend line that connected the previous swing hihgs (the red line) should offer a strong supporting base at $61 for the Intel stock. This area is also a great buying opportunity for investors who wish to buy the Intel stock.
Intel stock price hit a 20-year high on the back of a great Q4 and 2019 results on all fronts. The stock price is now approaching the first target around the $70 mark, while the record high of $75.81, set in 2000, is the key target for 2020.