Cipmaker ON Semiconductor (ON) received several price-target hikes on Tuesday following its upbeat fourth-quarter earnings report on Sunday, and an earnings beat also earned Tower Semiconductor (TSEM) at least one PT hike.
Shares of Phoenix-based ON Semi rose 2.5% to 15.31 on the stock market today. On Monday, shares rose nearly 6% to 14.94. In intraday trading Monday, they reached a more than 16-year high of 15.86.
ON Semi earned price-target increases from Baird, Mizuho, Needham and Pacific Crest Securities. On Monday, it received a PT hike from Susquehanna Financial Group.
On Sunday, ON Semi said in Q4 it earned 29 cents a share excluding items, up 53% year over year, on sales of $1.26 billion, up 50%. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected 23 cents and $1.22 billion. The company also guided higher for the current quarter.
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- Needham reiterated its buy rating on ON Semi and upped its price target to 20 from 16.
- Mizuho maintained its buy rating on ON Semi and boosted its PT to 17 from 16.
- Mizuho analyst Vijay Rakesh said 2017 looks like another year of strong growth for ON Semi thanks to tailwinds from its automotive and industrial-chip sales. ON Semi is particularly strong in cameras for advanced driver-assistance systems, he said.
- ON Semi also will benefit from cost synergies from its acquisition of Fairchild and its continued focus on gross margin improvement.
- Pacific Crest kept its overweight rating on the stock and raised its PT to 18 from 15.
- Baird reiterated its outperform rating and increased its PT to 20 from 14.
- In other chip stock news, Needham raised its price target on Tower Semi to 30 from 25 and maintained its strong buy rating after the company reported Q4 results Monday.
- Tower, aka TowerJazz, fell 1.8% to 22.16 on Tuesday.
- The Israeli chipmaker on Monday said it earned 52 cents a share excluding items, up 93% year over year, on sales of $340 million, up 34%, in the December quarter. Analysts were expecting 48 cents and $340 million.