6 Hot Semiconductor Stocks

Investors can find growth in these gadget-powering companies

   
6 Hot Semiconductor Stocks

Investors can find growth in semiconductors and related equipment, as these components have become essential to the gadgets, smartphones and other technologies we use on a daily basis. Luckily for the industry, a spike in consumer spending, followed by a seasonal boost in the market, is making these semiconductor stocks shine right before the coming of the new year.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, I’ve got six semiconductor stocks to buy.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it is a “strong buy” or “buy.”

ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH) is a developer of microprocessors, physical intellectual property and related technology. Year-to-date, ARMH has gained 31%, compared to a gain of 5% for the Dow Jones in the same time. ARMH gets a “B” for operating margin growth and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of ARMH stock.

Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) is a manufacturer of semiconductor chips that has posted a gain of 16% since the start of 2011. INTC gets a “B” for sales growth, a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of INTC stock.

KLA-Tencor Corp. (NASDAQ:KLAC) is involved with process control and yield management solutions for companies in the semiconductor business. Year-to-date, KLAC stock has climbed 26%. KLAC stock gets a “B” for sales growth, an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for earnings growth, an “A” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of KLAC stock.

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) designs, develops, manufactures and markets numerous analog circuits. In the last year, MXIM stock is up 11%, compared to smaller gains by the broader markets. MXIM stock gets an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of MXIM stock.

Novellus Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:NVLS) develops products used for the production of semiconductors. NVLS stock has jumped 27% since Jan. 1. NVLS gets a “B” for operating margin growth, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month, an “A” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of NVLS stock.

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) designs, develops and markets programmable platforms. XLNX has gained 11%, year-to-date. XLNX stock gets a “B” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of XLNX stock.

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