) to outperform from neutral.
Analyst Michael Walker said the stock price's recent 15% pullback took place amid concerns that he sees as near term and non-fundamental. He says the industry's biggest headwind -- a reason he believes Amphenol has lagged -- is raw material pricing, with rising prices for key inputs such as copper, gold, and oil-based plastics. However, he notes that this is not new; input prices have been rising since early 2004, during which time Amphenol has grown over 200 basis points, reflecting its ability to pass on price increases he doesn't see disappearing in this non-commodity, moderate-demand environment. He sees $2.30 2005 earnings per share and $2.68 in 2006. He has a $47 price target on the stock.