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Lam Research: Post-Earnings Price Hike Expected

Apr. 06, 2018 11:20 AM ETLam Research Corporation (LRCX)14 Comments
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  • LRCX has exceeded estimates for the past eight quarters, but the stock fell after the announcement in five of those quarters.
  • Three analysts have initiated coverage on the company in the past week, and all project much higher price targets.
  • We have identified one indicator that successfully predicted the largest-gaining price increase after earnings, and it is now in effect for only the second time in two years.

Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) announces earnings after the market closes on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Here are the relevant numbers for the last eight quarterly earnings announcements:

LRCX has an unblemished record of exceeding estimates every quarter for the last two years. However, the stock price fell after five of the eight announcements. Most of the post-announcement price changes were minimal, averaging 3.75%. Note that the only time that the stock rose substantially after the announcement (4/18/17), in the three weeks leading up to the announcement date, it had traded lower. In all of the other periods, the stock rose as the announcement date approached (the green prices in the above table are all lower than the price at the close on the day before the announcement).

When the stock price rises as the announcement period approaches, it is a strong indicator that expectations are rising. When expectations are high, the stock tends to fall regardless of how great the earnings might be. The average change in the stock price for the quarters when the stock rose in the three weeks leading up to the announcement was -0.86% while the average price change for the one quarter when the price fell going into the announcement date, the stock rose 10% by the end of announcement week. Earnings exceeded estimates in all eight quarters, but the expectation level was clearly more significant that the actual results.

This time around, it looks very much like the stock is falling as the announcement date approaches. Since the recent history shows a much higher correlation between the level of expectations and the stock price change than the actual results, this should be seen as a strongly bullish sign.

The technical indicators seems to support a bullish sentiment as well:

LRCX has declined lower over the

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Publisher of options newsletter TerrysTips.com since 2001.. Thirty years experience trading options virtually every day. including stint as seat holder and market maker on the C.B.O.E. MBA from Harvard Business School and DBA from Univ. of Virginia Darden School. Author of Making 36%: Duffer's Guide to Breaking Par in the Market Every Year, In Good Years and Bad (4th revision - 2012) and Coffee Can Investing: A Better Idea Than Mutual Funds in an IRA or 401(K), 2014. TerrysTips.com is a newsletter that carries out eight different option portfolios which many subscribers mirror on their own or through auto-trade at several brokers who make all the same trades in individual customer accounts. Each portfolio offers something different (bullish, neutral, or bearish),and different underlyings (GOOG, SPY, SVXY, and other individual companies). In 2005, the S.E.C. brought an action against Dr. Terry Allen, claiming that he was managing money for people without being a registered investment advisor because of the auto-trade service offered by several brokers who placed trades in their customer accounts based on Terry’s Tips newsletter recommendations. A second complaint was for a single statement on his website that they believed was incorrect and therefore fraudulent. Although two large law firms assured Dr. Allen that if he went to court on the first issue, he would win because there was a Supreme Court decision stating that investment newsletters are exempt from registration requirements - it would be a violation of their First Amendment rights. However, they estimated that his legal expenses would be greater than settling with the S.E.C. (and a year or two of his time tied up in court proceedings), and both firms recommended that he accept the settlement offer while not admitting any guilt. The second issue (fraud) involved a single statement that was true when it was written but a couple of years later, option prices fell to 10-year lows, and it was no longer true. The S.E.C. argued that the statement was not removed from the website in a timely enough fashion. For the past eight years since the settlement with the S.E.C., Dr. Allen has have been publishing the Terry’s Tips newsletter (and recommendations are executed in customer accounts at thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade through their Auto-Trade program), and the S.E.C. has not objected to any of his activities.

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