Intel turns weak on soft Q4 revenue outlook

October 24, 2016
Intel turns weak on soft Q4 revenue outlook August 9, 2018 Clive Nelson

IntelThe share price of chip maker Intel fell 3% during the extended trading session on Tuesday last week, even after reporting fiscal 2016 third-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates.

Surprisingly, the seemingly successful transformation of the company to cloud computing related business did not assist in mitigating the bearish view of the stock. Apart from the disappointing fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter outlook issued by the company, there are a few more reasons for the weakness in the share price. The shares of the semiconductor manufacturer closed at $35.15 on Friday.

The Mountain View, California-based company reported fiscal 2016 third-quarter revenue of $15.8 billion, compared to $14.5 billion in the similar quarter last year. The third-quarter revenue topped the Wall Street estimates of $15.58 billion.


For the quarter ended September 2016, the 2 in 1 & Ultrabook manufacturer posted net income of $3.4 billion, up 9% from $3.1 billion in the 3Q 2015. On a per share basis, the IoT (Internet of Things) Gateway Technology provider recorded 3Q earnings of $0.69 per share, compared to $0.64 in the prior year’s similar quarter.

Excluding charges, the third-quarter 2016 non-GAAP income of $3.9 billion or $0.80 per share was higher than the non-GAAP income of $3.2 billion or $0.66 per share in the similar period of 2015, and better than the Zacks estimates of $0.73 per share.

We forecast a downtrend in the stock due to two reasons. The first reason is the soft revenue guidance issued by the Intel’s management. For the fourth-quarter, the company anticipates revenue of $15.70 billion, which is lower than the FactSet estimate of $15.87 billion. Intel’s executive Vice-president Stacy Smith clarified that the primary reason for the lower guidance is the start-up costs for manufacturing the next generation processor.

Secondly, the company has so far taken $1.8 billion as restructuring charges. In the current quarter, Intel anticipates to write-down another $250 million. Intel also stated that the consumer segment still remains weak, even though it has shown signs of improvement.

Based on the discussed reasons, we anticipate the stock to remain range bound with negative bias.

At the outset, the price chart seems to indicate a consolidation in the stock price. However, the Chaikin money flow indicator reflects a different story. Since mid-August, the inflow of funds into the stock is on a decline. This means that the investors are not interested in buying at these valuations. So, we expect the stock to remain range bound with negative bias in the short-term.

Intel Stock Price: October 24th 2016

Intel Stock Price: October 24th 2016

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Clive Nelson

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Hi, my name is Clive Nelson and welcome to Traders Bible. Just to tell you bit about myself…I have been trading FX and binary options for the best part of 10 years now. After graduating with honours in economics, I began working for an investment bank in New York as an assistant trader before working my way up. After a few years, I went on to work as a broker in London, England and then eventually came back to the U.S to work in a hedge fund, where I manage $800 million of my clients’ investments. There have been times over the course of my career where I’ve had to take a hit, but I’ve accepted that losing is part of the game, it’s a learning curve. I’ve learnt from my mistakes and you don’t have to make the same errors I did. A lot of my education came from when I was a broker and this is why I’m here to tell you that Traders’ Bible offers you the foundations of how to become a great trader.

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