Is Intel (INTC) a Bullish Powerhouse Software Stock to Buy Now?

Is Intel (INTC) a Bullish Powerhouse Software Stock to Buy Now?

Posted On November 6, 2023 9:50 am

Intel Corporation (INTC), a world leader in the design and manufacturing of computing and other related products, reported fiscal 2023 third-quarter results, surpassing analysts’ expectations on the top and bottom lines. Also, the company provided strong fourth-quarter guidance, implying revenue growth for the first time since 2020.

After posting better-than-expected earnings, INTC’s shares surged more than 9% on Friday. Moreover, the stock crossed the 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $35.58 and $32.07, respectively, indicating an uptrend.

The chipmaker posted third-quarter adjusted EPS of $0.41, beating analysts’ estimate of $0.22. INTC’s revenue was $14.16 billion, above the consensus estimate of $13.60 billion. However, it dropped nearly 7.7% year-over-year, marking the seventh consecutive quarter of declining sales.

But INTC told investors last Thursday that it expects revenue to grow again in the current quarter.

The boost to Intel’s earnings was mainly due to gains made by its foundry business and growing interest in AI, signs of a recovery in the PC market, and management’s ability to stay on course for several initiatives it had previously laid out for the company.

“We delivered a standout third quarter, underscored by across-the-board progress on our process and product roadmaps, agreements with new foundry customers, and momentum as we bring AI everywhere,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO.

“We continue to make meaningful progress on our IDM 2.0 transformation by relentlessly advancing our strategy, rebuilding our execution engine and delivering on our commitments to our customers,” he added.

Gelsinger told analysts on a call that the company would slash costs by about $3 billion this year. CFO David Zinsner said that Intel’s EPS benefitted from controlling expenses, with operating expenses decreasing 15% from a year ago. INTC said it has 120,300 employees, a decline from 131,500 last year.

Now, let’s discuss several factors that could impact INTC’s performance in the upcoming months:

Positive Recent Developments

On October 30, Intel announced its intent to operate Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) as a standalone business. This move will give PSG the flexibility and autonomy to fully accelerate its growth and effectively compete in the FPGA industry, which serves various markets like the data center, communications, industrial, automotive, aerospace and defense sectors.

“Our intention to establish PSG as a standalone business and pursue an IPO is another example of how we are consistently unlocking more value for our stakeholders. This will give PSG the independence it needs to keep growing share in the FPGA market, differentiating itself with capacity and supply resilience from IFS, and allowing Intel product teams to focus on our core business and long-term strategy,” said Pat Gelsinger.

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