SANTA CLARA, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Intel (INTC - Get Report) comfortably beat Wall Street's earnings estimate with its second-quarter results Tuesday, but lowered its full-year guidance to reflect a challenging macroeconomic environment.
Excluding items, Intel earned 57 cents a share, the same as the prior year's quarter. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were looking for earnings of 52 cents a share.
The no.1 chip maker brought in revenue of $13.5 billion, up slightly from $13.03 billion in the prior year's quarter and just below Wall Street's forecast of $13.56 billion.
Intel shares rose 0.2% to $25.43 in extended trading."The second quarter was highlighted by solid execution with continued strength in the data center and multiple product introductions in Ultrabooks and smartphones," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini, in a statement released after market close. The CEO, however, predicted slowing growth. "As we enter the third quarter, our growth will be slower than we anticipated due to a more challenging macroeconomic environment," he explained. "With a rich mix of Ultrabook and Intel-based tablet and phone introductions in the second half, combined with the long-term investments we're making in our product and manufacturing areas, we are well positioned for this year and beyond." Intel lowered its guidance for fiscal 2012, predicting year-over-year revenue growth between 3% and 5%, down from the prior expectation of high single-digit growth. For the third quarter, Intel forecast revenue of $14.3 billion, plus or minus $500 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are currently looking for sales of $14.6 billion. -- Written by James Rogers in New York. Follow @jamesjrogers >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our new tech blog, Tech Trends. Follow TheStreet Tech on your wireless devices.