NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The stock market is a lot of things, but one thing that Wall Street will never be accused of is being fair. Consider Texas Instruments (TXN), which just completed its sixth consecutive quarter of deteriorating sales. Somehow, the stock sits near its 52-week high.Meanwhile, as of Tuesday's close of $66.10, shares of Qualcomm (QCOM - Get Report) are at about the same level since the chip giant reported record revenue for its fiscal second quarter, its second consecutive strong quarter.
Plus, Qualcomm reported a 24% increase in revenue for its fiscal second quarter even as the overall chip sector was weak during the first three months of the year. Texas Instruments Intel (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) all posted revenue declines. Qualcomm also maintained its full-year operating margin estimates for its chipset and licensing businesses. What's more, the recent earnings report from chip designer ARM Holdings (ARMH) should allay fears about the direction of the market. ARM shipped 2.6 billion chips during its most recent quarter, an increase of 35%. Qualcomm licenses technology from ARM, and so any increase in ARM's business signals stronger demand for Qualcomm's chips. Given that it has raised its estimates, I think Qualcomm's management knows something.