SoundView upgraded Texas Instruments (TXN) to outperform from neutral.
Analyst Hans Mosesmann says Texas Instruments is the best proxy for the semiconductor industry, which is in a mild, gradual recovery. He's heard signs of solid demand in all geographic locations during the first day of a semiconductor conference. He notes strong demand and low inventory in the PC, consumer, and even wireless industries.
Mosesmann says management indicated that a wireless pickup late in the second quarter has continued both at original design manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers. He notes Asian ODMs are resuming orders alongside inventory accumulation -- showing an optimistic stance toward a return to normal inventory levels.
He upped the $18 target to $24. Mosesmann sees 33 cents 2003 earnings per share, and 66 cents earnings per share in 2004.