Intel forecasts disappointing revenue; shares fall

Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:01pm EST
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By Anya George Tharakan and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote) forecast current-quarter revenue and gross margins that disappointed investors, sending its shares down more than 2 percent in extended trading.

Revenue from its mainstay PC business fell about 3 percent to $8.9 billion in the fourth quarter from the third, raising doubts about the expected recovery of the personal computer business.

Global personal computer shipments fell 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, capping three years of declines.

That was not as bad as expected, raising hopes among some investors that the PC market is starting to stabilize.

That optimism has helped drive Intel's stock up 16 percent in the past three months, compared with a 7 percent gain for the S&P 500, to levels not seen since 2001.

In the light of that, Wall Street was hoping for more encouraging figures.

"The top line looked a little bit light of the Street and gross margin looked a little bit light," Christopher Rolland, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, said.

"PC was weaker in the fourth quarter than we were expecting," Rolland added.   Continued...

The sign hanging outside the Intel booth is seen at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking