Here's Why Silicom Ltd Stock Got a Bump Today

What happened

Shares of the Israeli technology companySilicom Ltd(NASDAQ: SILC) got a nice lift Thursday after the company reported Q1 earnings that were better than expected. The stock ended the day up about 13%.

So what

Silicom CEO Shaike Orbach said in the earnings release that, "Our strong first-quarter results demonstrate the growing momentum of our business."That seems to be true as the company reported Q1 sales up nearly 20% over Q1 2016. Earnings for the quarter rose to $0.35 per share, up a full 36% year over year.

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Now what

Silicom provides products for major players in virtualized cloud, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), and other types of high-growth industries that support Silicom's own growth. Orbach also said in the release that:

For a small and growing technology company, Silicom is unique in that it pays a respectable 2.2% dividend yield. Additionally, even after today's rise, the stock is trading at around 16 times forward expected earnings -- relatively cheap in this current expensive market that has paid high premiums to growing technology companies. Silicom could have plenty of runway ahead if it continues to post solid growth as it did this quarter.

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