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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Maxim Meets Lowered Estimates

By William Trent, CFA of Stock Market Beat

Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM) reported earnings that matched expectations following last month’s pre-announcement. The company reported net revenues of $502.7 million for its fiscal first quarter ended September 23, 2006, a 1.5% decrease sequentially.

Although revenue declined, inventories rose 5.1%, in keeping with our thesis that there is too much capacity. Furthermore, property, plant and equipment (a proxy for manufacturing capacity) rose 7.9%, in keeping with our theory that the inventory situation is going to get worse.

The author may hold a position in the securities discussed. The author's current holdings are as follows: Long: Intuit (INTU) put options; Nasdaq 100 (QQQQ) put options; Bookham (BKHM; Ballard Power (BLDP); Syntax Brillian (BRLC); CMGI (CMGI); Genentech (DNA); Ion Media Networks (ION); Lion's Gate (LGF); Three Five Systems (TFS); Adobe Systems (ADBE) call options; Ceradyne (CRDN); IShares Japan (EWJ); StreetTracks Gold (GLD); Starbucks (SBUX); U.S. Oil Fund (USO); Plantronics (PLT) call options; Short: Lion's Gate (LGF) call options; Dell (DELL) put options; Ceradyne (CRDN) call options; Plantronics (PLT) put options

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