Unusual Social Activity Around Intel (INTC) Today

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Intel ( INTC) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Intel as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • INTC has 10x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 16.10 mentions/day.
  • INTC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $643.8 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on INTC:

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. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.7%. INTC has a PE ratio of 13.3. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Intel a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Intel has been 31.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Intel has a market cap of $122.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The stock has a beta of 0.80 and a short float of 5% with 9.21 days to cover. Shares are up 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant 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. To add to this, INTC has a quick ratio of 1.65, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $5,731.00 million or 11.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -29.61%.
  • The gross profit margin for INTEL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 76.84%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 21.87% trails the industry average.

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