Mahesh Sanganeria, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, yesterday morning cut his rating on KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) to Sector Perform from Outperform. “After the recent run-up powered by accelerated share buyback and head count reduction… the stock has made significant advance towards our price target,” he wrote in a note.
Sanganeria says he is cautious on the stock for three reasons:
Near-term concerns related to June order expectations. Slowdown in operating expense reductions. Long-term concerns related to process control spending as a fraction of overall semi equipment spending.
He says March orders should be better than company guidance of down 5% sequentially, but that June expectations for orders may be too high. He expects the company to guide to orders flat to down 5% for the quarter.
KLA yesterday morning was down 55 cents at $54.17.
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