Intel Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (INTC)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A-. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • INTC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.26 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, INTC has a quick ratio of 1.76, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $4,285.00 million or 44.17% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 5.75%.
  • The gross profit margin for INTEL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 72.00%. Regardless of INTC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 16.25% trails the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, INTC has outperformed against the industry average of 15.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. Intel has a market cap of $118.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 15% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full Intel Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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