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Does Qualcomm Know Something That Rivals Don’t?

Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 6:09 PM ET

The future may appear challenging from some chip makers – some, but not all.

Qualcomm said on Thursday that it expects a compound annual growth rate of at least 10 percent for its revenue and earnings per share over the next five years.

And that's despite a global economy that's lackluster at best.

According to CEO Paul Jacobs, because demand for gadgets that Qualcomm supplies remains strong, the weak economy has had a "somewhat muted" effect on Qualcomm, he said.

The same can't be said of Qualcomm rivals.

Inside Qualcomm with CEO Paul Jacobs
At the company's analyst meeting Thursday, Qualcomm astounded investors with its forecast. What exactly is in store for the future? CNBC's Jon Fortt gets the details from CEO Paul Jacobs.

BothIntel and Texas Instruments gave bleak forecasts in their quarterly reports, Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon said.

"The fact that Qualcomm is looking at strong growth, that they have relatively conservative assumptions behind that growth, is promising," he added in a Reuters interview. "We're going to be lucky if semiconductors are flat next year and Qualcomm is guiding up," he said.

According to previously released data, at least 150 smartphones and tablets use Qualcomm chips – that includesApple's iPhone and iPad.

And in a live interview on CNBC's Fast Money, Jacbos suggested two other catalyst could drive shares – overseas demand and something called small cell.

"How people get wireless service will shift – home routers will become a kind of tower and qualcomm will provide the chips," explained the CEO.

On November 7 Qualcomm reported fiscal year 2012 earnings per share of $3.51, up 39 percent from the year before and revenue of $19.12 billion, up 28 percent from the year before. Its fiscal year ended September 30.

Fast Money trader Guy Adami is a buyer. "It's not impervious to the tape," he said, "but if you believe current weakness is a pause in a larger bull market then this stock is in the sweet spot."



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