Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Current Movers: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Intel Corporation

The Stock opened today's session at $36.87 and now the price is hovering at $37.22 by showing increase of 0.77 percent.

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Intel is fundamentally strong, but its stock is now trading at a lower price due to its slowing growth.

Beacon Financial Group raised its stake in shares of Intel Co. The stock gained 1.18% in total of its share price.

Several investment firms issued their expert ratings on Intel Corporation (INTC) in which Credit Suisse Downgrades Intel Corporation (INTC) to Neutral by settling a price target of $35 on 3/15/17. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Intel from an "underweight" rating to an "equal weight" rating and set a $38.00 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, January 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and twenty-six have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock.

Intel Corporation (INTC) added 0.16% to reach $36.93 in the previous trading session. The stock traded at a volume of 22.01 million shares.

Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) was trading -27.70% below its 52-week high and +26.37% above its 52-week low. Latest closing price was 2.96% above its 50-day moving average and 3.71% above its 200-day moving average. Intel also saw some unusual options trading on Monday.

The Stock has Weekly volatility of 2.41% and monthly volatility of 2.22%. A month ago, analyst EPS consensus estimated earnings of US$0.65 per share. The Return on Investment (ROI) is at 11.1% while it's Return on Equity (ROE) value stands at 16.4%.

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The technology company posted fourth-quarter earnings per share of 66 cents, compared to 54 cents a share in the year-earlier period.

Revenue from Intel's higher-margin data center business rose 6 percent to $4.2 billion in the first quarter.

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The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 1st. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 3rd. This is a positive change from Intel's previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. This represents a $1.09 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.95%. Intel's dividend payout ratio is presently 49.29%. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 549,091 shares of the company's stock, valued at $19,333,494.11. Shares have risen 43.09% over the trailing 6 months. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.34, for a total value of $2,028,535.14. Earnings per share serves as an indicator of a company's profitability. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The stock went up 0.04% at some stage in past quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 65.90% of the company's stock.

Let's look at these three companies' stock prices to see whether their prices justify their earnings. Union Bankshares Corp now owns 141,790 shares of the chip maker's stock worth $5,352,000 after buying an additional 479 shares in the last quarter. They are projecting Next Quarter growth of 8.5%. Shares declined 3.2% after hours. Community Bank N.A. raised its position in Intel by 0.6% in the third quarter. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Court Place Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Intel by 2.1% in the third quarter. The Programmable Solutions Group revenue was $425 million, up 18 percent. Beta factor, which measures the riskiness of the security, was registered at 1.01.

Intel, however, argues that its manufacturing technology remains a couple of years ahead of its rivals, giving Intel an advantage in production costs.

Beyond the revenue and EPS numbers, analysts will also focus on the extent to which the Data Center Group (DCG) segment, which contains server/networking, can offset the any pressure Intel might face this quarter in Client Computing Group, which contains its PC and mobile processor business.

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