Weak Chip Demand Sinks These Stocks
Good morning Wake-Up Watchlisters! While you’re sipping coffee you’ll see stock futures fell on Friday. The drop came on weak earnings reports from major chipmaker Intel (more on that below). Plus the latest set of economic data raised the possibility of continued rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. Despite the recent drop, US stocks remain on track for their best month since July.
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Here’s a look at the top-moving stocks this morning.
Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC)
Intel is down 9.64% premarket after the chip giant missed Q4 earnings. The chip industry continues to struggle with slowing consumer and enterprise demand. Plus, the company is guiding for an adjusted loss of $0.15 per share in Q1.
Iovance Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq: IOVA)
Iovance Biotherapeutics is up 5.98% premarket. The company recently announced it will buy Clinigen’s cancer drug. Per terms of the agreement, the company will acquire worldwide rights to the drug. In return, Clinigen will get an upfront payment of $166.7 million. The drug is currently approved by the FDA for treating multiple cancer indications in adults.
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Hasbro (Nasdaq: HAS)
Hasbro is up 4.63% premarket after the toymaker cut 1,000 jobs, 15% of its workforce, including the departure of COO Eric Nyman. The Monopoly and PlayDough owner said fourth quarter sales would likely fall by around 17% from last year’s levels to $1.68 billion, pulling adjusted earnings into a weaker-than-expected range of between $1.29 and $1.31 per share.
KLA Corp. (Nasdaq: KLAC)
KLA Corp. is down 4.82% premarket. The company is dealing with a weakening chip demand. For the current quarter, KLA predicted adjusted earnings of $5.22 a share on sales of $2.35 billion. However, analysts were looking for earnings of $5.90 a share on sales of $2.53 billion in the March quarter.
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Those are the biggest stock movers for today.
The Wake-Up Watchlist Research Team