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Broadcom and 5 Other Top Semiconductor Stocks to Buy

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Broadcom Limited AVGO has been one of the most consistent performers in the semiconductor industry. Shares of this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company have increased almost 16% on a year-to-date basis driven by robust revenue growth and expanding margins.

BROADCOM LTD Price and Consensus

BROADCOM LTD Price and Consensus | BROADCOM LTD Quote

Broadcom’s latest quarterly results were impressive. Non-GAAP earnings (excluding share-based compensation expense) were $2.47 per share, which comfortably exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 8% (18 cents). We note that the company has posted positive earnings surprise of 7% over the trailing four quarters.


Per Bloomberg “The company’s earnings are an indicator of demand across the mobile phone, wireless and fixed-line and computer industries.” Management expects robust growth in the wireless unit which in turn will help the company meet fourth-quarter 2016 revenue target, which is currently pegged at $4.09 billion (+/- $75 million).

Broadcom has also witnessed significant earnings estimate revision over the last 60 days. The EPS estimate for the current year increased 4% (37 cents) to $9.69 per share over the last 60 days.

Wireless Key Growth Driver

Broadcom continues to focus on expanding its market share in the wireless connectivity market by effectively serving set-top box, wireless access, smartphone, laptop and notebook customers.

These products are a part of the consumer technology market, the retail sales of which per Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) estimates will be driven by Internet of Things (IoT) this year to reach $286.6 billion. (Read More: Semiconductor Industry Outlook – September 2016)

With one of the most diversified communications platforms in the industry, Broadcom remains well poised for healthy long-term growth. Over the next 3-5 years, the company’s earnings are anticipated to increase at 15% rate.

Alternative Picks

Here we have picked five semiconductor stocks that have performed similar to Broadcom. They also have a favorable Zacks Rank #1 or #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

AMBARELLA INC Price and Consensus

AMBARELLA INC Price and Consensus | AMBARELLA INC Quote

Ambarella Inc. AMBA: Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, the company develops video compression and image processing semiconductors. The EPS estimate for the current year surged 19.4% (25 cents) to $1.54 per share over the last 60 days.

  • Zacks Rank #1
  • Year-to-date Return : 18.8%
  • Last EPS Surprise: 400%
  • Average 4-quarter Surprise: 91.96%
  • Long term EPS Growth Estimate: 14.7%

APPLIED OPTOELE Price and Consensus

APPLIED OPTOELE Price and Consensus | APPLIED OPTOELE Quote

Applied Optoelectronics Inc. AAOI: Headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, the company designs, develops and manufactures advanced optical devices, packaged optical components, optical subsystems, laser transmitters and fiber optic transceivers. Amazon, Microsoft and Cisco Systems are the key customers. Current year EPS estimate has soared 104% (26 cents) to 51 cents over the last 60 days.

  • Zacks Rank #2
  • Year-to-date Return : 24%
  • Last EPS Surprise: 400%
  • Average 4-quarter Surprise: 91.96%
  • Long term EPS Growth Estimate: 18.3%

AXT INC Price and Consensus

AXT INC Price and Consensus | AXT INC Quote

AXT Inc. AXTI: Headquartered in Fremont, CA, the company designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance compound semiconductor substrates also known as wafers. Over the last 60 days, its fiscal 2017 EPS estimates have surged a massive 225% (9 cents) to 13 cents per share.

  • Zacks Rank #1
  • Year-to-date Return : 92.7%
  • Last EPS Surprise: 200%
  • Average 4-quarter Surprise: 75%
  • Long term EPS Growth Estimate: 20%

CIRRUS LOGIC Price and Consensus

CIRRUS LOGIC Price and Consensus | CIRRUS LOGIC Quote

Cirrus Logic Inc. CRUS: Austin, TX-based Cirrus Logic is a premier supplier of high performance analog circuits and advanced mixed-signal chip solutions. Apple and Samsung Electronics are the two major customers. Over the last 60 days, current year EPS estimate has increased 12.5% (32 cents) to $2.89 per share.

  • Zacks Rank #1
  • Year-to-date Return : 89%
  • Last EPS Surprise: 94.1%
  • Average 4-quarter Surprise: 49.62%
  • Long term EPS Growth Estimate: 13%

PIXELWORKS INC Price and Consensus

PIXELWORKS INC Price and Consensus | PIXELWORKS INC Quote

Pixelworks Inc. PXLW: San Jose, CA-based Pixelworks designs, develops and markets semiconductors and software that enable the visual display of broadband content through a wide variety of electronic devices. Hitachi Ltd. and Seiko Epson Corp are the major customers. Current year EPS estimate has narrowed to a loss of 33 cents per share from a loss of 38 cents over the last 60 days.

  • Zacks Rank #2
  • Year-to-date Return : 19%
  • Last EPS Surprise: 45.5%
  • Average 4-quarter Surprise: 30.26%
  • Long term EPS Growth Estimate: 20%

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