NI Technology Updates Outlooks for OCZ Technology Group, SMART Modular Technologies, STEC, Marvell Technology Group, and NeoPhotonics

Mar 07, 2011, 09:44 ET from Indie Research Advisors, LLC

PRINCETON, N.J., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Inning Technology Research (, an online investment newsletter focused on semiconductor and technology stocks, has published updated outlooks for OCZ Technology Group (Nasdaq: OCZ), SMART Modular Technologies (Nasdaq: SMOD), STEC (Nasdaq: STEC), Marvell Technology Group (Nasdaq: MRVL), and NeoPhotonics (NYSE: NPTN).

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McWilliams covers these topics and more in his recent reports:

-- Are OCZ, SMART and STEC poised to see explosive growth as NAND Flash prices decrease and solid state storage drives become the mainstream storage technology?  

-- What sort of value proposition do OCZ, SMART, and STEC offer?  Do these firms have sufficiently durable differentiation to grow profit margins and stave off bigger competitors?

-- In 2009, McWilliams noted that STEC had negotiated highly favorable NAND Flash contracts that allowed it produce gross profit margins above 50% and that it was time to buy STEC at its then current mid-single-digit price. However, when STEC moved to the mid-$30s, he advised Next Inning readers the margins wouldn't hold and that it was time to sell the stock.  The price of STEC subsequently dropped to the low double digits where McWilliams suggested it was time to buy again.  Does McWilliams expect STEC to move back into the mid-$30s or higher?  Should investors consider buying STEC again now, or will the firm's strong margins fade over time?

-- Wall Street sold off Marvell with a vengeance following its weak report and even weaker guidance last week.  Does McWilliams think the sell-off was justified or that it presents a good buying opportunity?  In a special in-depth report that was published yesterday, McWilliams evaluates Marvell on a sector-by-sector basis and provides a detailed forecast and deep value analysis.  He will also be online today to respond to reader questions.

-- Marvell is the SSD controller supplier for both Micron and Intel.  What other opportunities does Marvell have brewing in the SSD market?  Does McWilliams think smartphones and tablets will move away from using unmanaged NAND Flash and start using sophisticated SSD controllers?  What will drive this shift in demand?  Is Marvell well positioned not only to profit from this shift, but to leverage it to sell other products?

-- Is recent IPO NeoPhotonics a likely winner in the hot optical networking space?  What do investors need to know about the dynamics of the optics sector before investing in NeoPhotonics?

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