Semtech (SMTC) Surges on Baird’s Label as a ‘Hidden Gem’, But Fails to Reach Its High Mark

Semtech Stock Rises Following Designation as ‘Hidden Gem’ Chipmaker

Semtech (SMTC) shares experienced a significant surge on Tuesday following a recommendation from an investment bank that labeled the semiconductor stock as a “hidden gem.” The firm’s analyst, Tristan Gerra of Baird, described Semtech stock as a “bullish fresh pick” in a note to clients and gave the stock an outperform rating with a price target of 40. Despite this positive outlook, Semtech stock closed at 25.17, far lower than its all-time high of 94.92 from November 2021.

Gerra’s optimism about Semtech’s prospects grew after attending the Optical Fiber Communication 2024 conference in San Diego. Semtech specializes in producing high-performance networking and connectivity semiconductor products and systems. Gerra highlighted the company’s positioning in the upcoming ramp of new AI platforms and its qualifications for high-density copper interconnect, making it well positioned for growth in AI architectures.

According to Gerra, next-generation optical links, such as linear drive pluggable optics, also present a significant opportunity for Semtech’s growth. He described Semtech as a “classic turnaround story” with new leadership focused on leveraging its strengths in optical networking. Investors are now looking forward to the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter report which is due later in the week.

In terms of stock performance, Semtech ranks 17 out of 39 stocks in IBD’s fabless semiconductor industry group, with an IBD Composite Rating of 40 out of 99. For more updates on consumer technology, software, and semiconductor stocks

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