Why Skyworks Solutions' Shares Popped

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What: Shares of wireless-connectivity chip maker Skyworks Solutions (NAS: SWKS) headed higher by as much as 12% earlier in the trading session after reporting better-than-expected third-quarter results.

So what: For the quarter, Skyworks reported a 9.2% increase in revenue to $389 million and a profit of $0.45 that was spurred by strong growth in smartphone and tablet demand -- most notably, Apple's (NAS: AAPL) iPhone 4S, which sold 35.1 million units last quarter. These results slid past Wall Street's expectations for $383.2 million in sales and a profit of $0.44. Skyworks' guidance for the fourth quarter calls for accelerating revenue growth and EPS of $0.50 to $0.51, which is more or less in line with the $0.51 the Street was looking for. Investment firm Stern Agee also upgraded the company to buy from neutral this morning and set a price target of $31.


Now what: OK, Skyworks shareholders, get those thank-you cards written and start mailing them to Cupertino! Skyworks really finds itself in the sweet spot of mobile growth. Demand for smartphones and tablets is rising dramatically, and prices for these items are generally falling as markets become more saturated. As these prices fall, sales are likely to head higher as affordability no longer becomes an issue, meaning even more sales for Skyworks. Make no mistake, even with today's move higher, Skyworks could still represent an excellent value.

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