Broadcom Upgraded at Benchmark (BRCM)

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Benchmark announced on Monday that they have upgraded communications company, Broadcom Corporation( BRCM ) to a "Buy" .

The firm reported that they have upgraded BRCM from a "Hold" to a "Buy," and have given the company a price target of $40. This price target suggests a 20.8% increase over the stock's current price of $31.68.

An analyst from the firm noted, "like most semiconductor device companies Broadcom is feeling the pinch of a sluggish global economy. However, while the chip industry should contract ~2% during 2012, Broadcom should deliver 3% organic revenue growth for the year (excluding NetLogic acquisition benefit), despite the company's large size. The company's growth benefits from a communications-centric product portfolio, one of the fastest growing sub-segments of the chip group."

"Additionally, the company has a proven track record of gaining market share and has consistently achieved this by: 1) making tech-focused acquisitions of mostly early-stage companies in order to accelerate time-to-market and 2) by integrating analog and mixed signal functionality onto a single die and manufacturing these SoCs on the most advanced standard CMOS technologies."

Broadcom Corporation shares were mostly flat during premarket trading Monday. The stock is up 7.56% YTD.

The Bottom Line
Shares of Broadcom ( BRCM ) have a 1.27% dividend yield, based on Friday's closing stock price of $31.58. The stock has technical support in the $28 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $34-$36 price levels.

Broadcom Corporation( BRCM )is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars.

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

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