Analog chip designer Intersil
Sales in the quarter improved by 9% year over year to $194 million. Growth is growth, but that was an 11% decline from the previous quarter, and Intersil grew much faster than that throughout fiscal 2010. The coming quarter won't be much better as management predicts essentially flat sales quarter over quarter.
CEO Dave Bell blames an "ongoing inventory correction" among most of Intersil's end markets, though he believes the correction should end soon and return Intersil's sales to normal seasonal patterns. The computing market should rebound sharper than other segments.
If that prediction is correct, we'll see early signs of that rebound when computer systems builders Dell
Deutsche Bank saw Intersil as an excellent buy-in opportunity among semiconductor stocks when it was a much more expensive. The stock also fluctuates between a respectable four-star rating and a maxed-out five stars in our CAPS community, which speaks volumes about investor confidence in the company. If nothing else, Intersil is popular for its generous dividend payouts that leave even Texas Instruments
In short, I can't blame you for seeing this sudden drop as a buy-in opportunity. Just keep an eye on Intersil's margins as the company struggles to become a high-end, high-margin chip provider. Adding the stock to your watchlist will help.
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