No Surprises From Intel

Intel had no surprises for investors during its mid-quarter update late Thursday, but Texas Instruments gave shareholders a nice surprise by raising guidance well above analysts’ estimates.

Intel said it expects revenues of $9.8-$9.10 billion for the third quarter, driven by strong notebook sales, but held back by the company’s ability to meet demand. That’s right in the middle of the company’s previous $9.6-$10.2 billion guidance, and in line with Wall Street estimates of $9.92 billion in sales. Intel forecast gross margins of 60%, also in line with estimates.

With the report as expected, shares of Intel fell 1% after hours.

Texas Instruments fared better, rising 1.2% after the company predicted earnings of 36 to 38 cents a share on sales of $3.48-$3.62 billion, citing broad demand for its chips. Analysts were looking for earnings of 35 cents on revenues of $3.45 billion.

Stocks slipped during Thursday’s trading session after oil prices halted a four-day slide.

The Nasdaq lost 6 to 2166, the S&P slipped 4 to 1231, and the Dow fell 37 to 10,595. Volume declined to 1.96 billion shares on the NYSE, but rose to 1.63 billion on the Nasdaq. Decliners led 20-12 on the NYSE, and 17-12 on the Nasdaq. Downside volume was 64% on the NYSE, and 49% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 158-24 on the NYSE, and 112-35 on the Nasdaq.

eBay fell 4% on reports that the company could buy VoIP firm Skype.

National Semi jumped 6% after the company blew past estimates.

Rambus soared 20% on takeover rumors.

Apple rose 2% on a CSFB upgrade.

Comverse climbed 3% after beating estimates, and Ulticom jumped 17% on its results.

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