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A Cantor Fitzgerald initiating coverage report on the semiconductors and semiconductor equipment industry highlighted their top picks for 2024. On average, Cantor sees 14% upside in 2024 for the 18 stocks it included under its coverage.

Top Stock Picks for 2024

Cantor Fitzgerald’s report mentioned NVIDIA Corp, Western Digital Corp, ASML Holding NV, NXP Semiconductors NV, and GlobalFoundries Inc as the top stock picks for 2024. These stocks are expected to deliver upside ranging from 21% to 36% in 2024, according to the report.

StockUpside % 2024
NVIDIA Corp36%
Western Digital Corp31%
NXP Semiconductors NV23%
GlobalFoundries Inc23%
ASML Holding NV21%
Micron Technology Inc18%
Advanced Micro Devices Inc17%
Marvell Technology Inc17%
Semiconductor stocks upside potential 2024: Cantor Fitzgerald

Other semiconductor companies with at least 15% projected upside include Micron Technology Inc, Advanced Micro Devices Inc, and Marvell Technology Inc.

While most semiconductor stocks appear to have good times ahead for them, three names fell in the Neutral rating category – Qualcomm Inc, Teradyne Inc, and Intel Corp. Cantor expects these to be relative underperformers.

Cyclical Recovery in the Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry is experiencing a cyclical recovery, with the PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index hitting its bottom in October 2022 and rising 95% since then. The trajectory was seen replicated by the iShares Semiconductor ETF.

Nevertheless, the industry’s core fundamentals hit their lowest point in the second quarter of 2023, signaling the start of a major upward shift.

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Notably, this recovery differs from previous cycles, with unique factors such as varying lead times, inventory builds, and supply/demand dynamics contributing to increased volatility across different end markets.

The current cycle sees AI, PC/Smartphones, Data Center/Networking as potential gainers from here, while Industrials and Auto may just see a downcycle phase, the analysts note.

Strong Year For Semiconductor Stocks In 2024

Cantor analyst C.J. Muse predicts an 18% growth in semiconductor revenues for 2024, noting that certain risks could drive this figure above 20%.

Key areas of interest could include AI (both Compute & Networking) and Memory (both DRAM and NAND), with selectivity in System-on-Chip (SPE) companies acting as “arms dealers” to these trends. The market anticipates another strong year for semiconductor stocks in 2024, with investors eyeing exit strategies in late 2024 or early 2025.

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