Needham & Company Upgrades Atmel (ATML) to Buy; Gross Margins Set to Expand

February 19, 2013 7:58 AM EST Send to a Friend
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Price: $8.34 -0.48%

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    18 Buy, 8 Hold, 0 Sell

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    Up: 35 | Down: 23 | New: 13
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Needham & Company upgraded Atmel (NASDAQ: ATML) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $10.00.

The firm is bullish for four fundamental reasons: "1) we believe touchenabled notebook market represents a significant growth engine in the capacitive touch market; 2) GMs should improve substantially in 3Q13/1H14 driving earnings power of $1+ exiting 2014; 3) Galaxy S4 win would add incremental $0.05-0.10 EPS and 4) xSense represents a sizable opportunity and entirely new market where investor expectations still seem muted."

The firm raised FY14 EPS from $0.60 to $0.75.

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Shares of Atmel closed at $7.18 yesterday.




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