NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- MKM Partners lowered its price target on Analog Devices (ADI) - Get Analog Devices, Inc. Report stock to $64 from $67 on Wednesday. The firm maintained its "neutral" rating on the stock.
The Norwood, MA-based chipmaker reported strong fiscal 2015 fourth quarter earnings results due to strength in its portables and wireless infrastructure products, MKM said.
Analog Devices could be navigating a challenging macroeconomic environment, as evidenced by lumpy monthly order patterns in October, the firm noted.
Additionally, Analog Devices said it is expecting seasonally slower fiscal 2016 first quarter revenue in the range of $805 million to $855 million.
"We remain on the sidelines given near-term low visibility on portables inventory digestion and few imminent seasonal catalysts," MKM said.
Shares of Analog Devices are down by 0.36% to $60.20 in pre-market trading on Wednesday.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ANALOG DEVICES as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
We rate ANALOG DEVICES (ADI) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- ADI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.17 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.36, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
- The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income increased by 19.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $180.61 million to $216.48 million.
- ANALOG DEVICES has improved earnings per share by 19.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ANALOG DEVICES reported lower earnings of $1.98 versus $2.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.96 versus $1.98).
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: ADI
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