Intel (INTC) Stock Price Target Lowered at Jefferies

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Jefferies lowered its price target for Intel (INTC) to $45 from $48 on Friday, reiterating its "buy" rating.

The analyst firm lowered its 2015 EPS estimates for the chipmaker to $2.25 a share from its previous estimate of $2.37 a share. Jefferies analysts also lowered their 2016 EPS estimates for Intel to $2.82 a share from $3 a share.

Jefferies analysts said the lower price target and EPS estimates come after Micron Technology's (MU) comments about weaker near-term PC trends.

"On its MayQ earnings call, MU noted weaker than expected PC trends," Jefferies analysts wrote. "It also noted below normal channel inventories and reiterated its expectations for the PC market to seasonally improve in 2H15, helped also by demand driven by the release of Windows 10 and Intel's new SkyLake MPU platform."

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates INTEL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate INTEL CORP (INTC) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. 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 increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 0.7%. 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 1.18, 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 risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: INTC Ratings Report

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