There are a lot of “heavy hitters” in the technology sector, but if there’s one you should keep a close eye on, it’s Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). This global company, founded in 1969, specializes in manufacturing semiconductor devices used in computer processing. Semiconductors are the building blocks of modern-day computing. They enable advancements in clean energy, healthcare, communications, and vast other applications. In addition, AMD manufactures flash memories, microprocessors (computer chips), motherboard chip sets, and a variety of components used in consumer electronics goods.
Intel Corporation is an American multinational technology company founded in 1968. They have become the world’s largest manufacturer by revenue of semiconductors. Recently they have invested heavily in artificial intelligence. Customers should expect Intel to come from all angles now with the company selling CPUs, GPUs, and AI accelerators. All of which can be linked together so customers don’t have to build their own assortments of IT equipment.
Price History AMD
AMD went public in 1972 at $15 a share. Compared to Intel Corporation (INTC), who went public one year prior at $23.50 a share, it seems AMD wanted to price slightly under their competition. The stock does not currently pay a dividend. AMD’s stock has split six times:
Split Date Split Ratio
Sep 19, 1978 — 1/5.1 Stock Split
Sep 18, 1979 — 1/5.1 Stock Split
Oct 24, 1980 — 1/2 Stock Split
Oct 28, 1982 — 1/5.1 Stock Split
Aug 23, 1983 — 1/2 Stock Split
Aug 22, 2000 — 1/2 Stock Split
As of 7/12/2022, AMD closed at $76.36 a share.
Price History INTC
INTC went public in 1971 at $23.50 a share. The stock currently pays a quarterly dividend amount of 0.36 or an annual dividend yield of 3.93%. INTC’s stock has split eight times:
Split Date Split Ratio
Oct 09, 1980 — 1/2 Stock Split
Jul 01, 1983 — 1/2 Stock Split
Oct 29, 1987 — 1/5.1 Stock Split
Jun 07, 1993 — 1/2 Stock Split
Jun 19, 1995 — 1/2 Stock Split
Jul 14, 1997 — 1/2 Stock Split
Apr 12, 1999 — 1/2 Stock Split
Jul 31, 2000 — 1/2 Stock Split
As of 7/12/2022, INTC closed at $37.21 a share.
Pros and Cons
The technology sector is constantly evolving and growing, so most investors expect a steady stream of income. In addition, tech stocks lack sensitivity to rising oil prices and interest rates.
The technology sector has not been spared by the recent bear market so it is important to remember there’s always going to be risk you will encounter. Furthermore, AMD has always been the underdog in the game with Intel dominating the market.
AMD vs. INTC
AMD and INTC are both leaders in the research and development of the tech sector, but they do have some notable differences. Intel is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, but both AMD and intel compete in this market now. It is said that AMD offers the same basic products at cheaper prices than Intel. However, Intel has influenced AMD from the start. AMD centers their pricing strategy off of Intel’s products by producing “clones” of their products while developing their own chips and motherboards. In terms of innovation, INTC seems to be more advanced, whereas AMD has the superior business model.
How to Buy
Since AMD is common stock, it’s rather easy to buy! Many of trading platforms should have AMD listed. Some popular exchanges are TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Vanguard, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Webull, and Robinhood. They will all essentially do the same thing, except some might have extra features such as stock scanning tools, order execution tools, news feeds, and charts. Exchanges will range in different prices and fees which could be worth it if you are an experienced investor. If you’re just starting out, I would suggest choosing a free, zero commission exchange. It will work fine, and you can dip your toes in the investment waters before incurring extra expenses.
After researching which exchange works for you, you will need to connect your bank account or another source of transferring fiat money to the exchange. Once you do that, you are ready to go! However, before investing make sure you did your research and understand all the risks involved. Experts recommend that no more than 5% of your portfolio should be allocated to an individual stocks (this is based on a portfolio of 20 stocks). It is always best to diversify your portfolio. Anywhere between 10-30 stocks, depending on your risk tolerance, should be a great place to start.
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