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Apr 15, 2010

AMD revenue beats Street but shares fall

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Advanced Micro Devices Inc <AMD.N> reported better-than-expected revenue as PC and server spending rebounded, but investors cashed out of a rally triggered by stellar Intel Corp <INTC.O> results.

The company said on Thursday that second-quarter sales would be seasonally weaker, in contrast with Intel’s bullish comments on corporate spending bouncing back in 2010.

Apr 14, 2010

Intel buoys tech sector with hopes of recovery

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. tech stocks sprang higher on Wednesday after strong earnings and forecasts from Intel Corp <INTC.O> further galvanized hopes that the beleaguered technology sector’s recovery was underway.

Intel, whose chips power more than three-quarters of the world’s PCs, said demand had become much stronger than the company initially expected and it was increasing capacity to meet demand.

Apr 14, 2010

Intel’s knock-out Q2 props up tech sector hopes

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s <INTC.O>
sales and margin forecasts trounced Wall Street expectations,
reinforcing hopes for an acceleration in the tech sector’s
recovery and boosting the chip maker’s stock 4 percent.

The stellar showing from the world’s top chip maker, an
industry bellwether and among the first tech stocks to report
first-quarter earnings, lifted Asian tech shares and should
give Wall Street a boost.

Apr 13, 2010

Intel’s knock-out quarter props up tech sector hopes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s sales and margin forecasts trounced Wall Street expectations, reinforcing hopes for an acceleration in the tech sector’s recovery and boosting the chip maker’s stock 3.5 percent.

Intel, bolstering expectations that businesses and consumers will speed up spending after 2009’s belt-tightening, foresees a gross margin of 64 percent — plus or minus “a couple percentage points” — for both the current quarter and all of 2010. Wall Street had expected about 60 percent.

Apr 13, 2010

Options activity picks ahead of Intel results

SAN FRANCISCO/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Options investors appeared to be taking a bullish stance ahead of Intel Corp’s <INTC.O> quarterly results on Tuesday.

Traders are pricing in a 3.5 to 4 percent move in the stock after Intel’s report, according to TD Ameritrade chief derivatives strategist Joe Kinahan.

Apr 9, 2010

Intel to kick off tech earnings with strong showing

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Strong earnings from Intel Corp <INTC.O> next week should provide further proof of a recovery in electronics and PC demand, but analysts warn the company will have to handily surpass expectations to drive its high share price higher.

Intel, whose chips are found in more than three-quarters of the world’s PCs, leads off the quarterly results season on April 13 for a tech sector emerging from a debilitating downturn. Intel had a stellar fourth-quarter in which it posted record margins and it has beaten Wall Street’s earnings estimates in five out of the past eight quarters.

Mar 31, 2010

Micron results, margins beat Street view, shares up

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Micron Technology Inc <MU.O> delivered only its second quarterly profit in nearly three years as a recovering economy helped lift prices for its DRAM memory products well beyond Wall Street expectations.

Shares of the U.S. chipmaker, which have rallied nearly 25 percent in the seven weeks leading up to Wednesday’s earnings report on signs of increased technology demand, rose more than 3 percent after falling about as much in the regular session.

Mar 30, 2010

Want to see the iPad? So do Apple store employees

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – As Apple Inc gears up for the crush of customers expected for Saturday’s iPad launch, employees who staff its retail stores are just as curious about the tablet as the fans who will line up outside.

Apple store workers say they have yet to see or touch the iPad, even though the launch is just days away and they are being trained and encouraged to talk about Apple’s newest device with customers.

Mar 28, 2010

Delving into Intel’s results? Try flying to China

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – To get accurate projections for Intel Corp <INTC.O>, Wedbush Morgan analyst Patrick Wang often finds himself hopping on a plane to Asia.

Wang — who normally crafts complex mathematical models and pores over financial statements — finds, in Intel’s case, it helps to use his fluent Chinese to gather information directly from its customers: top computer manufacturers in the Orient.

Mar 25, 2010
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PluggedIn: Struggling to ride Google Wave


What will Google do about China? Can Google’s Android defeat the iPhone? Important questions all, but I’m still curious about Google Wave, and wondering: do I want to use it?

Now undergoing testing with a limited number of users, the web-based email/word processing software was introduced last year, but it should begin open access later this year.

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      "A San Francisco native, I've always had an interest in computers and electronics. I guess it makes sense that I'd eventually find myself covering semiconductors as a full-time stringer for Reuters. It's always been my dream to work for a wire service, and I'm excited to be a part of this fantastic company."
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