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Chipmaker Silicon Labs Blasts Higher On Better-Than-Expected Earnings

Chipmaker Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) on Wednesday crushed expectations for its fiscal third quarter and guided much higher for the current period. The news sent SLAB stock skyward.




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The Austin, Texas-based company earned an adjusted 34 cents a share on sales of $184.8 million in the quarter ended Oct. 2. Analysts expected Silicon Labs to earn 15 cents a share on sales of $175.2 million, according to FactSet.

Its sales from continuing operations rose 39% year over year. During the third quarter, Silicon Labs completed the divestiture of its Infrastructure and Automotive business to Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) for $2.75 billion in cash.

For the current quarter, Silicon Labs expects to earn an adjusted 55 cents a share on sales of $200 million. That’s based on the midpoint of its outlook. Wall Street was modeling earnings of 19 cents a share on sales of $179 million, FactSet said.

SLAB Stock Breaks Out

In morning trading on the stock market today, SLAB stock rocketed 16.4%, near 180.25. Earlier in the session, it notched a record high 181.77.

On Wednesday, SLAB stock broke out of a 36-week consolidation period at a buy point of 163.53, according to IBD MarketSmith charts.

Silicon Labs is a leader in wireless chips for Internet of Things, or IoT, applications.

“IoT solutions are being adopted at a rapid pace in large, diverse, and fast-growing home and industrial end markets,” Chief Executive Tyson Tuttle said in a news release.

Follow Patrick Seitz on Twitter at @IBD_PSeitz for more stories on consumer technology, software and semiconductor stocks.

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