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Lam Research (LRCX +6.2%) makes new 52-week highs after beating FQ3 estimates, issuing strong...
Lam Research (LRCX +6.2%) makes new 52-week highs after beating FQ3 estimates, issuing strong guidance, and announcing a $250M buyback plan (good for buying 3.4% of shares at current levels). On its earnings call, Lam guided for FQ4 revenue of $945M-$1.005B and EPS of of $0.63-$0.77, above a consensus of $914.1M and $0.61. Foundry clients (such as big-spending TSMC) made up 56% of shipments, up from 51% in FQ2, and memory makers 31%, up from 20%. Chip equipment peers are up, taking heart in the numbers posted by Lam (and to a lesser extent) Mattson (MTSN +5.8% - earnings). AMAT +3.6%. KLAC +2.2%. ASML +2.5% (previous). CYMI +2%. RTEC +2.4%. UTEK +1.4%.