At the end of 2020, I wrote Big Idea 2021: SaaS Companies Will Create 10 Million Jobs with the central thesis that SaaS players would evolve into PaaS to create deeper moats around their core market positions and gain access to the related force multiplier.
To recap on the assumptions:
Most of the growth in the semiconductor industry these days is due to consumer products. Semiconductor companies stand to gain from the iPhone phenomenon and the convergence device movement, which is only at the beginning of its incredible growth curves. I recently listed the 3G iPhone’s Top 5 Component Beneficiaries. Here I look at the top 10 semiconductor stocks that have positioned themselves well to milk these developments in smartphones and convergence devices. >>>
On August 6, Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) reported second quarter results that beat analyst estimates. The new CEO, Dan Hesse, has put in place a turnaround plan for improving customer experience, building the Sprint brand, and increasing profitability. The plan is already showing results: the churn rate decreased to 2% from 2.45% last quarter. >>>
InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC) reported a strong second quarter on August 6. Added to the positive news in two major cases, its shares soared to a 52-week high of $28 on July 31. InterDigital is a top 5 beneficiary of the 3G iPhone, as its licensing technology is used not just by Apple but by RIM, Samsung and Nokia. >>>
Networking giant Cisco reported strong Q4 and fiscal year 2008 results yesterday that narrowly beat analyst estimates. Its shares soared on the company’s positive outlook that the economic slowdown will be relatively short-term. >>>
This quarter doesn’t look so good for quite a few of the online stocks that I cover. Shutterfly and Monster are facing an economic slowdown environment. Netflix may actually be benefiting from the slowdown since people tend to stay at home during recessions, and not eat out, go to the movies, or spend gas money to drive around. >>>