Xilinx

Xilinx designs programmable platforms, used to make the microprocessors that go into personal computers. As the PC end market sees stronger-than-expected demand, demand for Xilinx's equipment should remain strong. J.P. Morgan rates Analog Devices shares "overweight" with a $40 price target.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Xilinx to record $530.48 million in revenue and earn 40 cents per share in the first-quarter. In a Feb. 29 research report, Danley wrote, "We believe Xilinx is experiencing a secular increase in margins due to its recent shift to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) as well as better cost controls. Xilinx had an all-time high of 35.9% operating margin in C3Q10 and we expect that to be exceeded driven by higher gross margins via moving to TSMC and lower operating expenditures."

TheStreet Ratings rates Xilinx "buy" with an A grade and a price target of $43.26. Shares have gained 13.59% since the start of 2012.

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