In the closing week of the year, Cavium
Beginning with a thud …
The next earnings release will probably come as a dampener due to the subdued guidance, but then we are here to look for long-run returns. The semiconductor industry is undergoing inventory correction at the moment, which has led to softness in the market. However, this is not a new phenomenon in this industry, as in times of economic distress the demand for chips falls due to low sales of the end products in which they are used. This is a reason why Cavium's industry peers such as Texas Instruments and Xilinx have slashed their guidance for the ongoing quarter. However, there's some good news in store for the industry and for the company in the New Year.
… but getting better
Cavium hit a roadblock in the third quarter this year and saw a sequential drop of 5% in revenue as its businesses were hurt by a combination of weak demand and low sales to its key customer Cisco
The Foolish takeaway
2012 may begin unspectacularly for Cavium when it comes out with its earnings, but savvy investors may want to consider this one for the long term. To stay updated on Cavium's progress, click here to add it to your stock Watchlist and track its progress in the New Year.