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Intel Earnings Tuesday

Intel, the nation’s largest chip maker. reports quarterly earnings Tuesday after the bell, explains CNBC Silicon Valley Bureau Chief Jim Goldman. The past few months have been a bit of a wild ride for CEO Paul S. Otellini and company whose shares took a nose dive amid economic concerns.

However, on a positive note for Intel, their chief competitor Advanced Micro Devices is lagging far behind in design, innovation and product roll out. As AMD struggles, Intel could be grabbing market share.

What should you look for in Intel's earnings report?

Margins are going to be the thing to watch, explains Jeff Macke, because revenue will likely come down. Also keep an eye on their guidance going forward, he adds.

I like Intel at current levels, adds Pete Najarian, but it's a long term investment.

Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expect Intel to report profit of 25 cents per share on sales of $9.63 billion.

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