Today's Technical View on Altera and Lattice: Semiconductors Announce Disappointing Quarterly Results

    Today's Technical View on Altera and Lattice: Semiconductors Announce
                       Disappointing Quarterly Results

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, January 30, 2013

LONDON, January 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The semiconductor industry is going through a rough phase and the results are
evident from the performance of companies like Intel. However, smaller and
more specialized ones are not immune from this downturn either. Altera
Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) continues to perform badly in the semiconductor
market as well as in the stock market. Similarly, its competitor Lattice
Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) confirmed the trend by posting lower
revenue. StockCall completed its free technical review on Altera and Lattice
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Both companies have provided lower estimates for the coming quarter as well.
The semiconductor industry, in general, is likely to shrink by 3 percent this
year, mainly due to a decline in demand for PCs.

Altera may Benefit from 4G Growth

Altera Corporation seems to continue with its plunge as the company reported
dismal financial numbers for its fourth quarter. It missed consensus estimates
for both the revenue and EPS. Its margins also shrank by 0.4 percent. The
malady is industry-wide and Altera seems to be following the disappointing
trend. However, the results are not surprising as the stock's been downgraded
by several analysts including Barclays. Altera management claimed that its new
offerings are recording double-digit growth, but general global economic
situation is straining the company's bottom-line. Sign up today and access the
free technical report on Altera Corp. at 

Despite the positive spin provided by the company's management, investors
should pay attention to the fact that Altera expects its first quarter revenue
to be 4 to 8 percent lower sequentially. The forecast lags behind the street
expectations, so it is safe to assume that the stock will continue to
underperform as well. Altera continues to innovate and recently shipped its
SoC devices. The company said that it has received higher-than-expected orders
for the products. However, Altera is still looking at lower overall sales.

2013 may bring some respite to Altera as it augments its 4G products sales in
Asia. The company's chips are used by LTE networks and the growing trend of 4G
bids well for the fortunes of Altera. The stock has offered negative return in
2012 and the New Year has seen a similar trend so far.

Lattice Offers Conservative Q1 Forecast

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation [ Free technical Analysis on LSCC ] ^(1)
reported strong financial numbers for its fourth quarter. However, despite
topping consensus estimates, it still fell short of the company's previous
numbers. On a year-over-year basis, the company's revenue fell 6 percent.
Similarly, the outlook is not good as well as Lattice expects its first
quarter revenue to decline by 2 to 4 percent sequentially. Lattice
Semiconductor also had to trim its fourth quarter earnings and it seems likely
that the company will continue to underperform in the coming future.

Lattice Semiconductor is an underdog in the field generally dominated by
Xilinx and Altera. However, it has a stable balance sheet with good cash
reserves and no debt, which is likely to help it to withstand current downward
trend. Lattice also has the disadvantage of being a small player as Xilinx and
Altera jointly command more than 80 percent of PLD (Programmable Logic
Devices) space in semiconductor segment. The positioning makes it difficult
for Lattice to scale up.


1.Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Technical Analysis [ ]

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