HIMX Stock Forecast: 25.57% Gain In 7 Days

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Himax Technologies, Inc. (HIMX) was a top stock pick based on predictive algorithm recommended to I Know First subscribers on January 20th for the 7-day time horizon. Himax had a signal of 14.89 and a predictability of 0.12. In accordance with the algorithm, the company reported short-term capital gains of 25.57%.

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Himax Technologies, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, provides display imaging processing technologies to consumer electronics worldwide. The company was founded in 2001 and headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan.

Himax Technologies pre-announced its fourth-quarter earnings “to address recent market confusion caused by negative rumors that Himax might miss its 4Q’14 guidance.” It turned out Himax’s fourth-quarter earnings were better than expected, slightly. Revenue rose 2.2% from a quarter earlier to $227.2 million, slightly ahead of the consensus forecast of a flat $226 million. Gross margin rose from third-quarter’s 24.5% to 24.7%, instead of a small decline guided by the company. Himax now expects 8.7-9.2 cents earnings per share, versus its previous guided range of 7.5-9.2 cents.

The announcement comes as a relief for investors who were expecting poor results, although they were still not great. The company has earned a consensus rating of buy from analysts, however. The full fourth-quarter earnings report will be released on Thursday, February 12th.

Additionally, in a recent research note, Bank of America Merill Lynch named Himax its top pick for 2015 in the display IC sector. This release drove investors into the stock, causing it’s price to rise.

According to Merill Lynch analyst, Daniel Heyler, who has put Himax as the top stock in its sector, there are two main positive aspects for Himax’s business in 2015. The first has to do with Himax’s core business which shows growth in display drive IC technology (DDI). The second reason was that Himax was receiving or on track to receive business from two of the biggest names in tech; Google Inc and Microsoft Corporation.