’Tis the Season for Tech Ugly Pre-Announcements

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 5:59 PM ET

Again chip names landed in the spotlight after analysts at both JPMorgan and Barclay’s made cautious comments about Intel .

Considering the market is starting to look ahead to the holidays, should you hold your breath and buy tech?

According to Dan Niles of Alpha One, not by a long-shot.

”This is the season where we have the most risk in tech,” he says, not the least.

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Niles explains that July and August are typically weak because Europeans are on vacation. "There just isn’t a lot of demand," he says.

As a result, “The September quarter is back-end loaded for most tech companies – and if the phone doesn’t ring and (orders) don't ramp up after Labor Day, we see some of the ugliest pre- announcements of the year, ” Niles explains.

The only wildcard, he says, is if holiday shoppers are willing to bulk up their credit cards. But that doesn't appear likely, this year.

”Hewlett Packard and Dell both lowered forward numbers. So did Acer," reminds Niles. "Whether you’re talking about PC makers or the component makers, it suggests demand isn’t very good.”

But that doesn’t mean there’s are no opportunities in the space. Niles suggests two names.

”I still like Apple,” he says, however he’s hedged his position against ‘more enterprise oriented names in the group’. Also Niles like RFMD, in part because its been so badly beaten up. But he adds, his position in RFMD is hedged against ‘shorts in the PC food chain.'

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