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Shares of semiconductor behemoth Intel (INTC - Free Report) opened relatively flat on Wednesday, just one day ahead of the release of the company’s pivotal third-quarter earnings report.

The semiconductor space has been on fire all year, and as the largest chipmaker in the world, Intel is always a key bellwether for the industry as a whole. However, Intel shares have gained just 12.9% year-to-date, which lags behind the industry average.

Indeed, Intel’s dominance has been threatened by several high-growth competitors, including Wall Street darlings Nvidia (NVDA - Free Report) and AMD (AMD - Free Report) . Nevertheless, the company has met or surpassed earnings estimates in 14 consecutive quarters, and with its Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), the stock is looking strong heading into its report date.

Based on our latest consensus estimates, we expect Intel to post earnings of 80 cents per share and revenues of $15.71 billion this quarter. These results would represent year-over-year growth rates of 0.4% and -0.42%, respectively. While we are projecting relatively flat results in Q3, the company is expected to record full-year earnings growth of 10.7% and sales growth of 3.3%.

But earnings and revenue aren’t the only thing investors will be interested in seeing once Intel reports on Thursday. On top of this, we’ll want to note how well the company is responding to the growth of new industry trends, such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

Luckily, we can use our exclusive non-financial metrics estimates file to gauge the performance of Intel’s key divisions. Check out three of our most important estimates:

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Based on our latest consensus estimates, we expect Intel’s Client Computing Group to struggle a bit this quarter. While not catastrophic, a 3% slump in revenues would underscore the threat of Intel’s aforementioned competition. This unit includes the company’s products designed for notebooks and desktops, so it could certainly feel the effects of gaming-friendly chipmakers like Nvidia and AMD.

Nevertheless, Intel should see a nice gain in its Data Center Group. This is the company’s enterprise-focused segment, and with the rise of cloud computing, we’ve seen increased demand for products needed in high-performance networks and data storage centers.

Based on our current consensus estimates, we expect Intel’s Data Center Group to report sales of $4.82 billion, up from $4.54 billion in the year-ago period.

In a similar vein, Intel’s top line should see a nice contribution from the company’s Internet of Things Group. Intel designs a variety of products for use in many IoT markets, including retail, transportation, and smart cities—so it should stand to benefit as these trends continue to gain momentum.

If our latest consensus estimates hold up, Intel is expected to post revenues of $772 million from its Internet of Things Group. This would represent impressive year-over-growth of 12%.

Make sure to check back here for our full analysis once Intel releases its report tomorrow!

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