Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) shares were down 4.59% on the day the $1.52 billion semiconductor company was scheduled to release its financial results for the second quarter. However, after announcing a net loss of $0.17 per share, which was in line with the estimates, and $942 million in revenues, which matched the guidance provided by the company in its warning on July 6, the stock has risen by 1.60% in pre-market trading. Sales from the Computing and Graphics segment fell by 54% to $379 million on a year-over-year basis, owing to weakness in PC demand as well as share loss in the CPU/GPU segment. The Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom division contributed $563 million to the top line, a decline of 8% from last year. A reduction in expenses, primarily from job cuts, led to a softer landing for the company however. In this regard, GAAP R&D spending fell by 15% from the same quarter last year to $235 million, while MG&A expenses slid by 13% to $134 million. However, this wasn’t enough to prevent the gross margin from falling to 28% compared to 35% in last year’s June quarter. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s stock has slid by nearly 30% year-to-date.
Smart money had a bullish outlook towards Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) during the first quarter. Among the funds that we track, 15 had invested a total of $36.33 million in the company at the end of March, compared to 12 firms with $28.34 million in holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The stock was trading nearly sideways in the first three months.
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Insider trading can reveal valuable insights into the company’s future prospects, as seen from the management’s perspective, hence we keep a close eye on such transactions. However, in the case of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) no such activity has been detected so far this year.
Let us instead take a closer look at the segments of the hedge fund industry that are being attracted by the company’s prospects.