Silicon Storage Technology shares shot up 3, or 11 percent, to 31 3/8 Thursday after First Union Securities started the chipmaker with a "strong buy" recommendation.
In its latest quarter, Silicon Storage Technology topped analysts' estimates when it returned a profit of $22.5 million, or 71 cents a share, on sales of $103.2 million.
It also completed a 3-for-1 split in August.
Its shares moved up to a 52-week high of 38 7/8 in June after falling to a low of 4 in September.
First Call Corp. consensus expects it to earn 27 cents a share in its third quarter and 96 cents a share in the fiscal year.
Six of the seven analysts following the stock rate it either a "buy" or "strong buy."