1. The model upgraded Micrel, a maker of analog and integrated circuits, to "buy."Quarter: First-quarter profit rose fivefold to $9.7 million, or 16 cents, as revenue jumped 43% to $67 million. The operating margin widened from 4.8% to 22%. Micrel has $84 million of cash, equal to a quick ratio of 1.9, and $9.3 million of debt. Stock: Micrel has appreciated 48% during the past year, beating the S&P 500 Index. It trades at a PEG ratio of 0.2, a 31% discount to the industry average and a 78% bargain relative to projected growth. Still, it's expensive based on book value. Consensus: Of firms rating Micrel, three advocate purchasing its shares, one recommends holding and three say to sell them. Sidoti & Co. expects the stock to soar 61% to $19. Thomas Weisel ( TWPG) believes the shares will rise to $16. Visit Stockpickr's Ratings Upgrades Portfolio and Ratings Downgrades Portfolio -- Reported by Jake Lynch in Boston.
BCS) projects a share price of $50, leaving a potential 37% return. Stifel Financial ( SF) predicts that it will climb 26% to $46.