GPS Stocks Cruising Up Wall Street & Main Street (GRMN, NVT, TRMB, SIRF)

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NAVTEQ  Corp. (NYSE:NVT) is seeing its shares trade up over 10% on strong orders that exceeded estimates and guidance that equally exceeded estimates.  This puts shares within striking distance of highs.

Sector leader Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) shares are trading up 9% pre-market on results that mirrored those of NAVTEQ.  Earnings rose a sharp 74% with EPS coming in at $0.98 versus a $0.74 estimate.The company raised 2007 guidance on EPS to $3.15 EPS or higher, above the $2.90 estimate from First Call.  Shares are trading at new highs pre-market.

The smaller player in the group is Trimble Navigation Ltd. (NASDAQ:TRMB), is seeing shares indicated up over 3% pre-market on a 23% profit rise.  The company sees EPR at $0.26 to $0.28 and revenues of $294 to $299 million, compared to estimates of $0.26 EPS and under $294 million in revenues. Trimble shares are going to be within a few percent of that $35.60 high.

The only loser in the group is the chip maker for GPS systems, SiRF Technology (NASDAQ:SIRF).  It shares were hampered by what may be as little as one large order or a couple orders still pending and not completed, but nonetheless it posted light revenues and that won’t cut it.  Shares are trading down over 8% pre-market.  This drop puts shares only about $3.00 above the $18.20 low seen in the last 52-weeks.

Here was the full earnings preview for the sector yesterday ahead of the earnings onslaught.

Jon C. Ogg
August 1, 2007

Jon Ogg can be reached at jonogg@247wallst.com; he does not own securities in the companies he covers.