Intel Corporation (INTC) shares rose more than 8% during Friday's session after the chip giant posted better-than-expected fourth quarter financial results after Thursday's close. Revenue rose 8.3% to $20.21 billion, beating consensus estimates by $980 million, and GAAP net income rose to $1.58 per share, beating estimates by 35 cents per share.
Strong client computing and data center revenue helped offset Internet of Things (IoT), non-volatile memory, and programmable solutions weakness. The chip maker expects 2020 revenue to hit $73.5 billion with net income of $5.00 per share and 33% operating margins.
Analysts had a mixed reaction to the fourth quarter results. Cowen & Co. raised its price target on Intel shares from $55 to $64, citing the potential for strong PC and server demand along with capacity-constrained mix to drive margin and revenue upside. Loop Capital downgraded Intel stock from Hold to Sell but raised its price target from $50 to $59, citing potential headwinds in 2020 from challenging PC market conditions and pressure from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD).
From a technical standpoint, Intel stock broke out from a rising wedge pattern to fresh 52-week highs. The relative strength index (RSI) moved further into overbought territory with a 84.81 reading, but the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) extended its bullish crossover. These indicators suggest that the stock could see some near-term consolidation but that the intermediate-term trend remains bullish.
Traders should watch for some consolidation above trendline support near $62 before an extended move higher. If the stock breaks down from those levels, traders could see a move to retest support levels of $59.50 or the 50-day moving average at $58.82, although that scenario appears less likely to occur given the strong fourth quarter financial results and outlook for 2020.
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