Earnings Results: Intel stock rallies as results, outlook top Street view

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Intel Corp. shares rallied in the extended session Thursday after the chip giant’s quarterly results and outlook topped Wall Street estimates and data-center sales showed an unexpected increase.

Intel shares surged 7.7% after hours, following a 1% rise in the regular session to close at $52.23. In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.11%  declined 0.1%, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.19%  rose 0.2%, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.81% advanced 0.8%, and the PHLX Semiconductor Index SOX, +2.47%  closed up 2.5%.

The company reported third-quarter net income of $5.99 billion, or $1.35 a share, compared with $6.4 billion, or $1.38 a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted earnings were $1.42 a share.

Revenue rose to $19.19 billion from $19.16 billion in the year-ago quarter.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast earnings of $1.23 a share on revenue of $18.05 billion.

Data-center group, or DCG, revenue rose 4% to $6.4 billion, while the Street was expecting a drop of 8.5% to $5.62 billion, according to FactSet data, while Intel’s largest segment — client-computing, the traditional PC group — came in at $9.7 billion, while analysts expected $9.6 billion from the year-ago period.

Intel expects earnings of $1.24 a share on revenue of about $19.2 billion, while analysts had forecast $1.21 a share on revenue of $18.83 billion.

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