Historically, tumultuous times offer some of the best opportunities to buy stocks, and the market's recent mess surely qualifies. And though memory maker Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU ) has already seen its stock recover from the recession, many investors expect even better times ahead.
In our Motley Fool CAPS community, 87% of the 876 investors rating the company are bullish, so there's no shortage of reasons why Micron will thrive, three of which I've highlighted below.
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1. Earnings momentum
Many bullish CAPS members have latched on to the positive earnings momentum Micron has shown in recent quarters. It put up monster-sized sales and earnings growth numbers in its fiscal third quarter, while companies it's working with around the tech sector such as Intel (Nasdaq: INTC ) , STEC (Nasdaq: STEC ) , and Marvell Technology (Nasdaq: MRVL ) generated strong quarterly results as well. With the widespread strength in demand for technology products -- both industrial and consumer -- a good portion of investors look for Micron's good fortune to continue.
2. Cheap shares
With an earnings multiple in the single digits and an estimated five-year growth rate of more than 11%, Micron's PEG ratio sits below that of peers like Rambus (Nasdaq: RMBS ) and SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK ) . Some CAPS members can't pass up the bargain they see in Micron's shares while the company is booking profits and looking at a future that includes significant growth.
3. Industry strength
The global semiconductor market has been on fire, prompting the world's largest contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE: TSM ) to boost capacity, and leading research firm iSuppli to raise its 2010 global semiconductor market revenue growth forecast to 35%. iSuppli also sees particular strength in memory chip demand, which is Micron's bread and butter, leaving many investors thinking that all this spells good news for Micron's shares.