Intel reports their best quarter ever.
Revenue $10.8 billion
Gross Margin 67%
Net Income $2.9 billion
Intel is one of the stocks in our 12 stocks for 10 years portfolio (and has been since 2005). Intel currently pays a dividend of about 3%. Intel’s gross margins continue to be amazing. 67% is just fantastic.
Intel is only one company, but the earnings are good new for the economy (they indicate quite a large demand for the products that include Intel’s chips). We certainly can use good news on the economy. We need more good news and the key I believe, now, is adding jobs. Earnings have been good recently and this is one sign that high tech earnings continue to do well. Google announcing earnings on Thursday.
The effective tax rate was 31%. Which is a good thing in my opinion. I don’t think it is a good thing when companies make billions of dollars and avoiding paying the taxes that allow society to function. I am all for making changes to reduce government spending, but I am not for individuals and companies avoiding paying their fair share.