Chip stocks outperform following positive earnings reports

|By:, SA News Editor

Market-pleasing Q3 reports and better-than-feared guidance from Atmel (ATML +10.6%), Intersil (ISIL +4.2%), International Rectifier (IRF +11.4%), Microchip (MCHP +7.5%), Cavium (CAVM +8.9%), and Skyworks (previous) helped chip stocks trader higher (SOXX +0.6%) on a down day for tech

The gains followed a difficult month that saw many chipmakers (including a number with strong mobile exposure) provide disappointing Q4 guidance. While the guidance provided by the aforementioned companies wasn't stellar, it was better than feared in light of recent forecasts.

Atmel guided on its CC (transcript) for Q4 revenue of $350M-$364M, below a $364.9M consensus.

Intersil expects Q4 revenue of $142M-$148M and EPS of $0.16-$0.18 vs. a consensus of $149.1M and $0.17.

Microchip, viewed by some as an industry bellwether, was able to deliver in-line guidance: the company expects FQ3 revenue of $463.1M-$492.7M and EPS of $0.57-$0.63 vs. a consensus of $476.9M and $0.59.

International Rectifier expects FQ2 revenue of $260M-$270M vs. a $265M.1M consensus.

Cavium guided on its CC (transcript) for 1%-4% Q/Q revenue growth and EPS of $0.29-$0.31; the consensus is for 5% growth and EPS of $0.30.