Small Cap Stock Report: Semi Stocks Jump On KLA-Tencor Bookings, Talbots Up on Raised Guidance

by: Mick Weinstein

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SMALL STOCKS: Tessera, Axcelis, Conexant Gain As Applebee's and Cosi Decline

  • Summary: Semiconductor smallcaps got a boost yesterday on KLA-Tencor's (NASDAQ:KLAC) announcement that bookings for the fiscal fourth quarter topped estimates -- Tessera Technologies (TSRA) jumped 8.4% and Conexant (NASDAQ:CNXT-RETIRED) gained 6.2%; ADRs of Indian companies Sify (NASDAQ:SIFY) and Patni (NYSE:PTI-OLD) declined upon the news of terrorist attacks in Bombay; Small restaurant stocks dropped as well -- Applebee's (APPB) down 2.2% on a downgrade, and Ruby Tuesday (RI) slipped 3%; Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ:BOBE) was down 1.6%; Cosi (NASDAQ:COSI) fell 12% on poor earnings results; Talbots (NYSE:TLB) jumped fully 23% on raising guidance.
  • Comment on related stocks/ETFs: Conexant's revenue has grown 43% year over year. Note the strength of the semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:SMH) yesterday -- ready for a bounce off these lows? Asif Suria sees the drop in Indian stocks as a strong buying opportunity.

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