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3 Small Semiconductor Stocks Looking To Report Blowout Earnings

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You can usually tell whether a strong earnings report is upcoming simply by the way a stock is trading prior to earnings. Wall Street has one major advantage over the rest of us. They contact management teams throughout the quarter and they have a fairly strong idea how business conditions are stacking up. They place their bets before the earnings reports are released. That's where EarningsBeats.com takes over. We maintain and frequently update our "Strong Future Earnings ChartList". This ChartList comprises stocks that meet the following criteria:

  • not already on our flagship Strong Earnings ChartList (SECL)
  • possess a strong SCTR (StockCharts Technical Rank) score, suggesting excellent relative strength
  • liquid (average trading at least 200,000 shares per day)

Currently, there are 22 semiconductor stocks on this list. Below are 3 small caps that look particularly strong as they approach their February earnings date:

Atomera, Inc. (ATOM)

Current price: $29.92

Market Cap: $641.9 million

Chart:

ATOM's big surge on January 5th came on MASSIVE volume and coincided with their announcement of a new collaboration with a leading semiconductor company. ATOM's patented Mears Silicon Technology (MST) is a quantum-engineered material that enhances transistors to deliver significantly better performance in today's electronics. Wall Street took notice in January and you should too. We need to recognize that strong results do not always lead to another surge, so patience may be required. But, after looking at the chart, it's clear to me that Wall Street is impressed. ATOM is being valued almost exclusively by POTENTIAL, however, as its revenues are miniscule. Future price appreciation is likely to be driven by product announcements, customer collaborations, etc.

Cohu, Inc. (COHU)

Current price: $42.29

Market Cap: $1.78 billion

Chart:

COHU provides semiconductor test and inspection handlers, micro-electro mechanical system test modules, test contractors, thermal sub-systems, semiconductor automated test equipment, and bare-board printed circuit board test systems for both semiconductor and electronics manufacturers internationally. Volume exploded in December as COHU reported results that easily exceeded Wall Street forecasts. That momentum is building for what appears to be another likely strong quarterly earnings report. Again, strong results do not necessarily mean a strong initial reaction, but keep COHU on your radar. Pullbacks can be great opportunities for entry into small cap winners.

American Xtal Technology (AXTI)

Current price: $10.87

Market Cap: $448.93 million

Chart:

AXTI announced a strategic plan a couple months ago that it believed would help it access China's capital markets and improve its cash position. Wall Street agreed and we saw a tremendous surge in November with increasing volume. At about that same time, AXTI posted quarterly results that topped Wall Street consensus estimates, though not as significantly as both ATOM and COHU.

Conclusion

First, let me say that these 3 companies are VERY risky. They provide the possibility of extreme gains because of their relatively small size, but there's also tremendous risk because of the recent moves higher in price. Of the three, COHU provides the most stability as it's already producing substantial revenues and profits. As I pointed out earlier, there are currently 22 semiconductor companies on our Strong Future Earnings ChartList. These are just three of those and I specifically am bringing up 3 small caps because of the following outperformance of small caps ($SML) vs. the benchmark S&P 500 ($SPX) in recent months:

Small caps have been consolidating on a relative basis recently, but the 4 month relative channel is quite impressive.

New "Upcoming Earnings ChartList"

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(6) Title your ChartList and Click on the green "Save Results" button

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Happy trading!

Tom


Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist of EarningsBeats.com, a company providing a research and educational platform for both investment professionals and individual investors. Tom writes a comprehensive Daily Market Report (DMR), providing guidance to EB.com members every day that the stock market is open. Tom has contributed technical expertise here at StockCharts.com since 2006 and has a fundamental background in public accounting as well, blending a unique skill set to approach the U.S. stock market. Learn More
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