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HEXUS.sharewatch: Apple, Intel and Qualcomm all benefit from strong results

by Scott Bicheno on 25 April 2011, 12:07

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)

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Amid the stream of apocalyptic news concerning wars, natural disasters and macroeconomic meltdown, the tech sector provided us with some welcome positive news last week.

While nobody was surprised to hear that Apple sold another boat-load of gadgets, it still managed to beat analyst expectations with a near-doubling of profits to $6 billion. Apple's cash pile is now thought to be in the region of $67 billion, meaning it could theoretically afford to buy Nokia and Dell without even having to trouble the bank manager.

And this was despite not selling as many iPads as analysts thought they would, leading to the stable door being shut in the form of tablet market downward revisions.

Apple's fortunes were boosted mainly by huge sales of the iPhone, and mobile chip giant Qualcomm also benefitted from big smartphone sales. But despite still being a bystander in the smartphone game, Intel also surprised investors by doing what it does best: selling a ton of PC chips. AMD fared reasonably well too.

 

Company Listing Share price 4/4/11 Share price 11/4/11 Share price 18/4/11 Share price 25/4/11 7-day change Market cap (bn)
AMD AMD 8.36 8.47 8.27 8.71 5.3% 5.98
Apple AAPL 344.56 335.06 327.46 350.70 7.1% 323.09
ARM ARMH 27.92 28.52 29.28 31.03 6.0% 13.92
Avnet AVT 33.64 34.26 33.30 34.85 4.7% 5.30
Cisco CSCO 17.04 17.65 17.03 16.94 -0.5% 93.64
Dell DELL 14.34 14.57 14.92 15.27 2.3% 29.12
Google GOOG 591.80 578.16 530.70 525.10 -1.1% 168.83
HP HPQ 40.98 40.70 40.26 40.99 1.8% 88.70
IBM IBM 164.27 164.05 166.21 168.28 1.2% 205.22
Ingram Micro IM 20.91 21.09 20.05 20.91 4.3% 3.33
Intel INTC 19.72 20.02 19.75 21.46 8.7% 115.57
Microsoft MSFT 25.48 26.07 25.37 25.52 0.6% 214.43
Nokia NOK 8.55 9.02 8.66 8.63 -0.3% 32.79
Nvidia NVDA 18.20 17.55 18.71 18.52 -1.0% 11.02
Oracle ORCL 34.02 33.54 34.18 34.75 1.7% 175.85
Qualcomm QCOM 54.47 53.63 53.14 56.94 7.2% 93.59
Tech Data TECD 50.98 52.29 51.43 52.51 2.1% 2.46
Dow .DJI 12376.72 12380.05 12341.83 12505.99 1.3% N/A
FTSE 100 .FTSE 6009.92 6055.75 5996.01 6018.30 0.4% N/A
NASDAQ .IXIC 2789.60 2780.42 2764.65 2820.16 2.0% N/A


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