Shares of Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS) hit a 52-week high recently. Let's look at how it got here and whether clear skies are ahead.

How it got here
Skyworks is one of many companies cashing in on the mobile revolution, as it provides crucial ingredients that facilitate today's smartphones and connected tablets. The company has enjoyed a spot providing power amplifier modules, or PAMs, for Apple iPhones for years, although players TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq: TQNT) and Avago Technologies (Nasdaq: AVGO) also pitch in their own offerings there.

The company posted second-quarter earnings in April, with revenue rising 12% to $364.7 million and net income of $34 million, or $0.18 per share. Skyworks continues to gain momentum with its design wins and its power-efficient modules are capitalizing on the mobile boom and soaring demand for constant connectivity. Skyworks just released its family of LTE SkyHi modules for the next generation of data speeds.

How it stacks up
Let's see how Skyworks stacks up against some of its peers.

SWKS Chart

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Let's add in some more fundamental metrics for additional insight.



Sales growth (MRQ)

Net margin (TTM)


Skyworks Solutions 26.2 12.1% 13.6% 13.0%
TriQuint Semiconductor 24.7 (3.4%) 4.2% 4.2%
Avago Technologies 14.9 3.0% 23.5% 28.2%
RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD) NM (11.9%) 0.1% 0.1%

Source: Reuters. TTM = trailing 12 months, NM=not meaningful, MRQ = most recent quarter.

TriQuint has had some missteps recently and sits near the low end of its 52-week range, while larger Avago boasts higher profitability and a cheaper valuation. RF Micro Devices saw revenue fall by 17% last year, while higher costs barely allowed it to squeeze out a tiny net profit.

What's next?
I think Skyworks will continue to profit off the booming mobile revolution with its chips, so I'm also going to give it an outperform CAPScall today.

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