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Why Intel, Apple, and 3 Other Stocks Are All The Rage Among Investors This Morning

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It’s officially the heart of earnings season, and the Dow Jones and S&P 500 are at or near record territory as investors brush off macro-economic concerns and anticipate earnings growth ahead, based on the public earnings data released so far. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCK), Packaging Corp Of America (NYSE:PKG), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM) are all the rage this morning and use SEC filings to see how the smart money is positioned in each stock.

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Intel’s Results Underwhelm

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) reported mixed second quarter results after the market close yesterday, beating the consensus bottom-line estimate of analysts by $0.06 per share with EPS of $0.59, but missing the top-line consensus by $40 million with revenue of $13.5 billion. Although the revenue miss wasn’t very large, Intel’s crucial data center sales came in at $4.03 billion versus analyst estimates of $4.16 billion. Client computing group revenue also fell by 3% year-over-year to $7.3 billion. In good news, Intel generated $3.8 billion in cash from operations for the quarter, and its shares currently sport a dividend yield of around 3%. The company also repurchased $804 million in stock and the company’s restructuring initiative is on-track, as Intel pivots away from the PC and towards the cloud and smart-connected devices. Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management reported owning a stake of almost 20 million shares in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) as of the end of the second quarter.

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Crown Reports Mixed Quarter

Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCK) earned $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.14 billion for the second quarter, beating net income estimates by $0.08 per share, but missing sales expectations by $100 million. Although revenue retreated by 6.1% year-over-year, income from operations rose by 6% to $295 million. Underlying beverage can volume growth was strong in the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Shares of Crown Holdings are up by 3% year-to-date. 31 funds in our system were long Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCK) at the end of March, up by four from the end of the previous quarter.

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Packaging Corp Earnings Ahead of Expectations, Revenue Lags

Packaging Corp Of America (NYSE:PKG) is in the spotlight today after the company reported net income of $1.25 per share on sales of $1.42 billion for the three months ended June 30. Analysts were expecting $1.18 per share in profit and $1.46 billion on revenue. Adjusted EBITDA came in at $290.4 million, ahead of last year’s $287.1 million despite lower pricing in packaging and paper products. In terms of guidance, management expects third quarter earnings of $1.30 per share and to close the acquisition of TimBar during the same time period. The number of funds that we track with holdings in Packaging Corp Of America (NYSE:PKG) fell by three quarter-over-quarter to 19 as of the end of March.

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On the next page we’ll check out why Apple and Newmont Mining Corp are trending this morning.

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