Intel Earnings Nudge Semiconductor Stocks Forward

Semiconductor stocks climbed higher Friday following the financial results of bellwether chip giant Intel. But despite the robust results that beat Wall Street's estimates, analysts expect the industry's revenue growth will cool off to 5% for the year, versus the 30% seen last year.

Semiconductor Industry Growth to Slow in 2011

After two years of go-go growth in the semiconductor sector as customers restocked lean inventories, the industry is expected to post more modest growth in 2011 as it faces lower average selling prices for chips and the cyclical demand for semiconductors hits a lull.

Intel Settles Legal Dispute With Nvidia for $1.5 Billion

Intel Corp. (INTC) agreed to pay rival Nvidia (NVDA) $1.5 billion so that the chip giant can use Nvidia technology. The deal ends a legal battle between the two companies. Intel had previously sued Nvidia over the right to keep making an Intel-designed chip, BBC News reported. Nvidia then counter-sued.

Week in Preview: First Earnings Reports and Economic Readings

Alcoa, Intel and JPMorgan Chase will kick off a new earnings season this week when they report their results for the fourth quarter of 2010. Here's a quick look at what analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect to see, followed by a glance at what's coming up on the economic calendar.

CES 2011: Are Price Cuts the Wave of the Future?

Despite all the amazing gadgets launched at the Consumer Electronics Show -- the smart TVs, 3-D technology, larger touch screens, and tablet PCs -- the bigger news in Las Vegas this week may be about price cuts.

DailyFinance's Top 11 Value Stocks for 2011

Wall Street expects the S&P 500 to tacking on an 11% gain over the next 12 months -- with lots of ups and downs along the way. That has us inclined to play defense in our 2011 picks, with an eye toward bargain stocks paying generous, sustainable dividends. Here are our top 11 for 2011:

Intel Will Have to Prove Itself All Over Again in 2011

2010 hasn't been a happy year for Intel. Its stock is up just 2% compared to the Nasdaq's 17% rise, and there's a growing sense that the explosive growth of smartphones and tablets will shrink the market for the PC chips that produce three-quarters of Intel's revenue. But the chip giant has a plan.

Google TV Launch Reportedly Delayed

Google has asked its television partners to delay the launch of Google TV while it refines the software. This means the service will miss debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show next month.

Obama Meeting With 20 Top CEOs

President Barack Obama will meet with 20 top CEOs today as he seeks to improve relations with the business community. The invitation list largely shuns Wall Street in favor of high-flying tech companies. Eric Schmidt of Google (GOOG) will be there, as will Paul Otellini of Intel (INTC), according to CNN.

Jones Villalta Opportunity Fund Likes Financials, Tech Stocks

Where are the best deep-value investment opportunities? Where there is the most pessimism, of course. In this short video, fund manager Tom Villata talks about where he sees the greatest opportunities among blue-chip tech stocks and financials.

Short Sellers Increase Bets Against Big Tech

Are traders expecting a sell-off in big tech? Short sellers have increased their gambles against big-tech shares in the period that ended Nov. 30, with shares sold sold short in Intel rising 81%.

Walmart Sex Bias Case Takes Detour to Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether all the female employees who claim Walmart discriminated against them can sue the world's largest retailer as a class, and if they can, whether they can sue for back pay or only for judicial orders to force it to change its behavior.

Nine Surprising Total-Return Plays in Technology

Something unusual is happening in the ever-exciting world of technology: The glamorous high techs that elicited immense awe as global growth leaders are now in the new proletariat class of attractive dividend plays. Here are nine dividend paying high techs.

In a First, Intel Agrees to a Chip Deal With Achronix

Intel has struck a deal with Achronix Semiconductor to manufacture chips for the boutique player using its latest high-tech manufacturing production line, the companies announced Monday. This is the first time Intel has agreed to such an arrangement.

Why Earnings Are Booming Amid a Tepid U.S. Economy

The "new normal" coined by Pimco posited a long era of diminished earnings and stock prices as overleveraged consumers and companies cut back spending. But it's not playing out that way. It seems Corporate America is growing less and less dependent on America.

Intel Unveils an $8 Billion Plant-Building and Hiring Plan

Building a new chipmaking plant and upgrading four others will result in thousands of construction and high-tech jobs, the world's leading supplier of microprocessors said today. It's a strong statement from a company that has been critical of Washington's business policies.

PC Shipments Slow in Q3

Shipments of personal computers missed forecasts in the third quarter, increasing by 7.6% rather than the 12.7% industry analysts had expected to see.

Sony's Google TV Set Coming Saturday

Sony's lineup of sleek televisions boasting Google's Web-surfing system will go on sale online Saturday and will hit Best Buy shelves early next week. The company unveiled the high-definition LCD sets Tuesday evening, with recommended retail prices from $600 to $1,400.