PDF Solutions (NASDAQ:PDFS) Lifted to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research

PDF Solutions (NASDAQ:PDFS) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, Zacks.com reports.

According to Zacks, “PDF Solutions, Inc.’s comprehensive technologies and services enable semiconductor companies to improve yield and performance of manufactured integrated circuits by providing infrastructure to integrate the design and manufacturing processes. They believe that their solutions can significantly improve a semiconductor company’s time to market, the rate at which yield improves and product profitability. “

A number of other research analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Craig Hallum upgraded PDF Solutions from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.50 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 16th. Northland Securities restated a “buy” rating on shares of PDF Solutions in a research note on Friday, November 1st. BidaskClub cut PDF Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 23rd. Finally, ValuEngine cut PDF Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 6th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.17.

NASDAQ:PDFS opened at $15.34 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $15.50 and its 200 day moving average price is $13.34. The company has a market capitalization of $512.43 million, a PE ratio of -63.92 and a beta of 1.27. PDF Solutions has a 52-week low of $7.69 and a 52-week high of $17.42.

PDF Solutions (NASDAQ:PDFS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 31st. The technology company reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.05. The firm had revenue of $21.91 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $21.53 million. PDF Solutions had a negative return on equity of 3.66% and a negative net margin of 8.70%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.01 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that PDF Solutions will post -0.15 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. State Street Corp lifted its position in PDF Solutions by 0.9% during the 3rd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 803,559 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $10,503,000 after acquiring an additional 7,002 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its position in PDF Solutions by 140.5% during the 3rd quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 17,400 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $227,000 after acquiring an additional 10,164 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System lifted its position in PDF Solutions by 9.1% during the 3rd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 162,182 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $2,120,000 after acquiring an additional 13,533 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department lifted its position in PDF Solutions by 8.5% during the 3rd quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 12,350 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $161,000 after acquiring an additional 971 shares during the period. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers lifted its position in PDF Solutions by 8.4% during the 3rd quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 89,715 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $1,173,000 after acquiring an additional 6,962 shares during the period. 77.11% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

PDF Solutions Company Profile

PDF Solutions, Inc provides hardware, software, and intellectual property products to integrated circuit (IC) vendors in the United States, China, Taiwan, Germany, and internationally. It offers Exensio platform, which consists of Exensio-Yield that collects and stores yield data in an analysis-ready database, which enables product engineers to identify and analyze production yield, performance, reliability, and other issues; Exensio-Control, which provides fault detection and classification capabilities for monitoring, alarming, and controlling manufacturing tool sets; Exensio-Test that offers data collection and analysis capability; Exensio Characterization, which encapsulates test structure analysis functionality of electrical and in-line inspection data from CV test chips and design-for-inspection DFI on-chip instruments; and Exensio ALPS that provides device manufacturers with the capability to link all device data, including fabrication and characterization data from every step of the product life cycle.

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