Broadcom The semiconductor company was downgraded by Benchmark analysts to a hold from a buy on Monday. Broadcom reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $254 million, or 45 cents a share, which fell from year-earlier earnings of $266 million, or 47 cents. "Despite the lower revenues/profits, BRCM announced an increase to its quarterly dividend payment to $0.10 from $0.09, equating to a dividend yield of ~1.2%," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a Feb. 1 report. "This marks the 2nd consecutive year that BRCM has increased its dividend since it began paying a dividend in 2010." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.1% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin remained about the same as a year ago. Broadcom is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 4.74, which shows it can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholder's net worth increased 11.92% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $43.67. The stock closed Monday at $36.82.