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The company’s fourth-quarter performance is expected to have benefited from strength in its client computing business, courtesy of growing PC demand amid the coronavirus crisis-induced work-from-home wave. Analysts say key questions about Intel’s long-term strategy are unlikely to be answered ahead of the company’s new CEO transition next month.
Intel Appoints new CEO – Pat Gelsinger
In a Jan. 13 announcement about the upcoming departure of Intel CEO Bob Swan, the company said it expected to exceed its fourth-quarter 2020 guidance, which predicted revenue of $17.4 billion and non-GAAP EPS of $1.10. It also promised an update Jan. 21 on its progress in developing a 7-nanometer chip. Delays in releasing the new chip have weighed on Intel’s competitive position as rivals move ahead on 7-nm and smaller processors.