A Big Upgrade for OmniVision Technologies

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Enough top-performing CAPS investors have turned bullish on OmniVision Technologies (Nasdaq: OVTI  ) recently to upgrade it from its long-held four-star rank to five stars, the highest possible. With 581 investors giving an opinion on OmniVision, there's plenty of analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

Despite an increase in gross margins to 27.2% in its most recent quarter, OmniVision's $9.1 million in net income wasn't enough for Wall Street, and investors have sent the stock down more than 30% in the past six weeks. But many investors find the lower-priced shares an even better reason to buy -- OmniVision's TrueFocus technology already has the potential to stand out and take market share from competitors such as Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN  ) and Micron (NYSE: MU  ) . And now, with an earnings multiple of only around 9.7, OmniVision's stock is on the radar of many value investors.

By optimizing a new generation of image sensor for Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM  ) chipsets used in mobile phones, the company has already landed a major design win with a leading smartphone maker. And with digital cameras almost a standard feature on all new products from leading phone makers such as Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) , Samsung, and Motorola (NYSE: MOT  ) , there's plenty of growth opportunity for OmniVision. The company is confident that its technical edge will help it stay ahead of much larger competitors, and CAPS investors largely agree, with 94% of those rating the firm expecting it to outperform the market.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock recently upgraded his ride with fuzzy dice. He owns shares of Motorola and Qualcomm and is the author of The Qualcomm Equation. The Fool's disclosure policy never kisses on the first date.


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