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Intel says prepared to work with hedge fund on business focus

Intel Corp is facing pressure to refocus its operations and possibly outsource manufacturing in an increasingly competitive computer chip market
Intel Corp is facing pressure to refocus its operations and possibly outsource manufacturing in an increasingly competitive computer chip market JUSTIN SULLIVAN GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File
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Washington (AFP)

Intel's shares rose sharply Tuesday after the computer chip giant said it was prepared to work with a hedge fund on changes to its business to boost shareholder value.

The market action came after Intel acknowledged receiving a letter from Third Point, led by activist investor Daniel Loeb. Intel rose 4.9 percent to close at $49.39.

"Intel Corporation welcomes input from all investors regarding enhanced shareholder value," the California tech giant said.

"In that spirit, we look forward to engaging with Third Point LLC on their ideas towards that goal."

The letter, according to media reports including CNBC and the Wall Street Journal, said Intel should consider outsourcing its manufacturing operations to keep pace with rivals in the sector such as Taiwan-based TSMC and South Korean giant Samsung, among others.

"We suggest the board retain a reputable investment advisor to evaluate strategic alternatives, including whether Intel should remain an integrated device manufacturer and the potential divestment of certain failed acquisitions," the letter stated, according to reports.

While Intel remains one of world's leading chip companies, it has lagged behind rivals in the fast-growing segment of mobile devices, and its chips are being phased out by Apple, which is developing its own microprocessors for its Mac computers.

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