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Stock Analyst Update

Our take on the latest news affecting the market's biggest stocks.


A year after the coronavirus pandemic first shuttered Starbucks stores in China, the company demonstrated its continued dominance in the coffee space in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, with adjusted EPS of $0.61 that exceeded both our forecast of $0.52 EPS and its own guidance. We will not be making any material changes to our fair value estimate of $100, and shares strike us as fully valued.

IBM reported fourth-quarter results that beat CapIQ earnings consensus expectations--but top line performance weighed on overall results, as the company’s revenue came behind CapIQ consensus estimates. We maintain our fair value estimate of $125 per share for the narrow-moat name.

Intel reported fourth-quarter results that significantly exceeded its guidance, primarily due to stronger than expected PC demand related to the ongoing work- and learn-from-home trends stemming from COVID-19. Due to the impending CEO transition from Bob Swan to Pat Gelsinger (effective Feb. 15), management did not elaborate on its outsourcing plans or provide full-year guidance.