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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Intel

(

INTC

) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Intel as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • INTC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $982.7 million.
  • INTC traded 55,700 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:29 AM.
  • INTC is down 2.1% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on INTC:

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. It operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Mobile and Communications Group, Software and Services, and All Other segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.9%. INTC has a PE ratio of 14.2. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Intel a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Intel has been 32.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Intel has a market cap of $155.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The stock has a beta of 0.93 and a short float of 2.7% with 4.19 days to cover. Shares are down 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Intel as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • INTC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.15, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, INTEL CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

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