The only surprise you'll get from Texas Instruments
This week marks the third time in a row that Texas Instruments raised its quarterly guidance figures in the mid-quarter update. The new range of second-quarter revenue expectations goes to $3.59 billion from $3.45 billion, while earnings are now expected to reach at least $0.60 per share. In both cases, the new target is the upper half of the original goal.
Following early signals from Silicon Laboratories
Texas Instruments is reshaping its business to get out of the commoditized, low-margin market for mobile phone radio chips. The new focus is on high-end mobile processors, where the current OMAP3 series mainly competes against the QUALCOMM SnapDragon and scores of other designs based on architectures from ARM Holdings
Several analysts believe that Texas Instruments is severely undervalued at today's prices, and the minuscule forward P/E ratio of just 9.7 would support that opinion. I just rated the stock "outperform" in Motley Fool CAPS, as I believe that Texas Instruments will beat the market to a bloody pulp over the next couple of years. Feel free to follow in my All-Star-branded footsteps to boost your own CAPS score or let me know why you think I might be wrong.