Robust demand for memory chips and other semiconductor products, on account of rapid adoption of cloud computing, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars, advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), gaming, wearables, drones and virtual reality/augmented reality (“VR/AR”) devices, is fueling massive growth in the semiconductor space.
The accelerated deployment of 5G technology — the next-generation wireless revolution — is likely to spur further growth.
In fact, dynamic innovation in semiconductors enables emerging technologies to become a reality. Semiconductors are setting the pace for technology modernization, in turn digitizing aspects like healthcare, transport, financial systems, defense, agriculture, and retail, among others.
Semiconductors Look Bright in 2019
While the broader market has witnessed a good year up to now, it’s been a great one for semiconductor stocks. The broader iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (
SOXX - Free Report) is up 23.9% year to date and has surged more than 30% over the past three months.
More importantly, it has outperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (
SPY - Free Report) which has gained 14.4% year to date. Further, SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF ( XSD - Free Report) , which comprises 36 stocks, has gained 24.6% year to date.
The changing nature of smartphone and computing will sustain as well as bolster semiconductor demand. Among the trends likely to dominate the near future are 5G and AI.
Additionally, increasing level of applications in sectors such as retail illustrates the secular movement toward technology across industries. This trend is likely to reshape economies, fueled by semiconductors.
On Feb 6, the Semiconductor Industry Association announced that more than a trillion chips were shipped globally in 2018, a first in the industry’s history. Sales of chips grew 13.7% to $468.8 billion worldwide in 2018 year over year.
The only major impediment to the sector’s gains at this point is the US-China trade war. However, economic and corporate losses on both the sides could force a settlement in the near term. This means that any losses on this account would only be temporary in nature.
5 Stocks to Buy for 2019
In view of the aforesaid positive factors, we have zeroed in on five semiconductor stocks that are likely to outperform the market and boost your portfolio returns. Each of these stocks currently carry a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy). You can see
the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. Vishay Intertechnology ( VSH - Free Report) is one of the largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors).
The company has a Zacks Rank of #1 and long-term expected earnings growth of 9.2%. Vishay recorded average positive surprise of 11.4% in the trailing four quarters. Shares of Vishay have returned 7.2% year to date.
Fujifilm Holdings ( FUJIY - Free Report) is engaged in development, production, sales and service of imaging, information and document solutions.
The company has a Zacks Rank of #1 and long-term expected earnings growth of 7.6%. Fujifilmdelivered average positive surprise of 23.2% in the trailing four quarters. Shares of the company have returned 18.1% year to date.
Intel ( INTC - Free Report) is one of the world's largest chip maker. The company has a Zacks Rank of #2 and long-term expected earnings growth of 8.4%. Intel recorded average positive surprise of 13.6% in the trailing four quarters. Shares of Intel have returned 15.8% year to date. KLA-Tencor ( KLAC - Free Report) is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of process diagnostics and control (PDC) equipment and yield management solutions required for the fabrication of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) or chips.
The company has a Zacks Rank of #2 and long-term expected earnings growth of 11.1%. KLA-Tencordelivered average positive surprise of 7.1% in the trailing four quarters. Shares of the company have returned 36.3% year to date.
Xilinx ( XLNX - Free Report) designs and manufactures a broad range of high-performance, high-density programmable logic devices.
The company has a Zacks Rank of #2 and long-term expected earnings growth of 12%. Xilinxrecorded average positive surprise of 5.7% in the trailing four quarters. Shares of Xilinxhave returned 51.6% year to date.
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