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After the close Yahoo! and Intel are slated to report 2Q12 earnings. Is this a tale of two tech titans or is it a sign of things to come in the near future?
Intel ( INTC - Analyst Report ) is reporting not long after AMD and AMAT both sited a weakening Europe and constrained IT budgets. Estimates are calling for $13.5 billion in sales and $0.52 in earnings per shares. Many will also focus on gross margins, which are expected to come in at 62%. The key idea for the INTC report will be if the company was able to increase its share of the market while AMD is reporting weakness.
The clouds that over hang INTC are clearly the slowing demand for PC's not only in Europe but in Asia too. Margins may also see some pressure as budget tightness can force lower prices to make sure deals get done.
On the other hand we have Yahoo! ( YHOO - Analyst Report ) which has beat the estimate in each of the last nine quarters. Topping the revenue estimate has been a little more troublesome for the search giant as they have only beaten one time in last four quarters on the topline.
Analysts are expecting $1.094 billion in revenue and $0.21 in EPS, compared to $1.077 billion in revenue and $0.24 in EPS the previous quarter. A year ago, the company reported revenue of $1.076 billion and EPS of $0.19.
What is likely overtake the earnings for Yahoo! is the appointment of Marissa Mayer as CEO. The Google veteran was tapped to be CEO yesterday and slated to begin the job today, but don't expect her on the earnings call. The company stated she will not be present on the Earnings Conference Call today, so a question mark accompanies her on the first day.
Yahoo! shot higher this morning reaching $15.89 in early trading, but then sold off. After rebounding from the early sell off, shares were set to close with a slight loss. Apparently the news of Mayer as CEO did not have a lasting effect on the stock. Maybe the news of her absence from the call has made investors question things, and we all know that investors prefer to sell first and ask questions second.
What do you think will happen with each company? Meet, beat or miss?
Is the appointment of Mayer a big enough move to turn around the struggling search giant?
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