Through The Fly's Eyes: Research In Motion
Larry Schutts is a contributing editor for Theflyonthewall.com and the Vice-President of Stockwinners.com.
Research In Motion Shares Enter Bullish 'Flag' Pattern
Research In Motion (RIMM) is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of wireless devices for the mobile communications market. Its popular line of BlackBerry smart phones handle voice, email and text message communications, as well as internet access. The firm also makes radio-based modems that other manufacturers incorporate into portable devices. The company sells to corporations, resellers, and wireless carriers. BlackBerry units are offered by a variety of service providers, including Alltel (AT) and Verizon Communications (VZ).
The firm pleased investors last week when it reported Q2 EPS of 50 cents and revenues of $1.37 billion. Analysts had been expecting 49 cents and $1.36 billion. The CEO said that recent product and market initiatives are expected to extend business momentum through the remainder of the fiscal year. Management guided Q3 EPS to 59-63 cents (55 cent consensus) and Q3 revenues to $1.60-$1.67 billion ($1.52B consensus). Officials anticipate third quarter subscriber account additions of about 1.65 million. The stock popped on the news and has since passed into a bullish "flag" consolidation pattern. Prices frequently exit flags moving in the same direction they were traveling when they entered them. In this case, that would be to the upside.
So far this year, brokers have recommended the shares with one "strong buy," nine "buys" and four "holds." Analysts see a 34% average annual growth rate, through the next five years. The stock's Sales Growth rate (26.84%), EPS Growth rate (100.00%), Operating Margin (27.07%), Net Profit Margin (20.70%), Return on Assets (26.94%), Return on Investment (33.09%), Return on Equity (33.82%) and Net Income per Employee ($140k) compare favorably with industry, sector and S&P 500 averages. Institutional investors hold about 76% of the outstanding shares. The issue is one of those used to calculate the NASDAQ 100 Index. Over the past 52 weeks, it has traded between $36.00 and $118.80. A stop-loss of $99.00 looks good here.