Intel shares gain after Nomura upgrade

  • Nomura Instinet upgrades Intel shares to buy from neutral.
  • It says the company is the only chip stock that will raise estimates in October and November.
  • Nomura maintains its Intel price target of $50 a share.
Intel Pentium CPU photographed after Intel revealed information about major flow in the chipsets. 
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Intel Pentium CPU photographed after Intel revealed information about major flow in the chipsets. 

Nomura Instinet upgraded Intel shares to buy from neutral on Monday, saying the company is the only chip stock that will raise estimates in October and November.

"We believe that Intel will remain supply constrained until the ramp [in production] of 10nm," Nomura's Romit Shah said in a note.

Intel is working to mass produce its 10-nanometer chip after years of delays. One nanometer is equal to one-billionth of a meter. Historically, smaller nanometer technologies have allowed companies to create faster, more power-efficient chips.

Intel has fallen behind Samsung, which is already manufacturing 10nm chips. Despite the delays, Nomura sees Intel beginning to ramp 10nm production.

"Every U.S. and foreign-based equipment supplier we've spoken with recently is seeing 10nm volumes become more meaningful," Shah said.

Shah also said interim CEO Bob Swan is prioritizing Intel's production of its Xeon and Core processors. Shah said those processors "serve the high-performance segments," which "bodes well for earnings and specifically gross margin" despite conservative forecasts for Intel's next two quarters across the rest of Wall Street.

Nomura maintained its Intel price target of $50 a share. Intel shares rose 1.1 percent in premarket trading from Friday's close of $44 a share.