Intel Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Expectation for Upcoming Release

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Intel develops advanced integrated digital technology products for industries such as computing and communications.

Intel Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 61 cents per share, a rise of 3.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 64 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 62 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.6% versus last year to $2.37.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 4 cents, reporting net income of 65 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 61 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $13.72 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 19.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $53.84 billion for the year, a rise of 23.4% from last year’s revenue of $43.62 billion.

Analyst Ratings: 20 out of 39 analysts surveyed (51.3%) have a buy rating on Intel.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 65.1% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 17.4% to $3.47 billion (65 cents a share) from $2.96 billion (52 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 28.2% to $14.23 billion from $11.1 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 2.3% in the second quarter and 29.4% in the first quarter.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 21.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 24.7% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 8.4% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH), and QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM).

Stock Price Performance: During October 18, 2011 to January 13, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.95 (8.4%) from $23.19 to $25.14. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 3, 2011 and October 14, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 13.9% (+$2.85) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 15, 2011 and November 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 10.4% (-$2.64) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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