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Cohu Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU) Offers Great Upside

Cohu Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU) shares, rose in value on Friday, 05/13/22, with the stock price up by 6.78% to the previous day’s close as strong demand from buyers drove the stock to $28.04.

Actively observing the price movement in the last trading, the stock closed the session at $26.26, falling within a range of $26.53 and $28.26. The value of beta (5-year monthly) was 1.72 whereas the PE ratio was 8.60 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $39.86, and the low was $25.06. On the whole, COHU has fluctuated by 6.05% over the past month.

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With the market capitalization of Cohu Inc. currently standing at about $1.37 billion, investors are eagerly awaiting this quarter’s results, scheduled for Apr 27, 2022 – May 02, 2022. As a result, investors might want to see an improvement in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $0.54, which is expected to increase to $0.66 for fiscal year $3.01 and then to about $2.95 by fiscal year 2022. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be 152.90% in 2022, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be -2.00%.

Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $189.14 million, with a low estimate of $188.5 million and a high estimate of $190.18 million. According to the average forecast, sales growth in current quarter could jump down -6.50%, compared to the corresponding quarter of last year. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2022, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $884.43 million, representing an increase of 39.10% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.

Revisions could be a useful indicator to get insight on short-term price movement; so for the company, there were no upward and no downward review(s) in last seven days. We see that COHU’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a 50% Sell on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 75% Sell while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Sell.

The stock’s technical analysis shows that the PEG ratio is about 0, with the price of COHU currently trading nearly 4.77% and -0.12% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 53.14, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 5.31% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 5.08%. Furthermore, Cohu Inc. (COHU)’s beta value is 1.67, and its average true range (ATR) is 1.38.

A comparison of Cohu Inc. (COHU) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. COHU showed an intraday change of 6.78% in last session, and over the past year, it shrunk by -23.11%%. In comparison, Azenta Inc. (AZTA) has moved higher at 4.92% on the day and was down -18.45% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of FormFactor Inc. (FORM) has risen 3.39% on the day. The stock, however, is off 16.51% from where it was a year ago. Additionally, there is a gain of 8.22% for Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) in last trading while the stock has seen an overall depriciation of 282.38%% over the past year. The PE ratio stands at 8.60 for Cohu Inc., and 33.12 for FormFactor Inc. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the last trading session shows that it gained 2.39%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Improved by 1.47%.

Data on historical trading for Cohu Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 369.02K. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 48.78 million shares outstanding.

Nearly 2.50% of Cohu Inc.’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 90.60% of the company’s shares. The stock has fallen by -26.38% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the COHU stock heading into the next quarter.

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