Intel, the giant semiconductor manufacturer, is the darling of Wall Street today. It reported a 43% increase in 3rd quarter profits over last year's figures. It has also announced their intention to shed 2000 jobs, and investors like the idea of making more money with fewer people; shares of Intel surged 5% in before-stock-market-opening trading.
Analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research
said the chipmaker offered "very strong" fourth-quarter earnings
"This should push next
year's numbers higher, as the gross margin starting point is higher and
ripples through the model," he added.
Analyst John Dryden of
Charter Equity Research said "PC demand continues to exceed
expectations globally ... The mix to mobile is providing an added
benefit to Intel."
I'm betting that the Christmas parties at Intel will be much more fun than at AMD this year. And of course the workers laid off shouldn't have any trouble finding jobs -- if they speak Chinese. They're Intel outside now.