semiconductor stocks

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.

Oracle Sues Micron, Other Chip-Makers for Price-Fixing

Oracle has slapped Micron Technology, Samsung, Hynix, Infineon and other chip-makers with a price-fixing lawsuit, a follow-up to the $173 million antitrust settlement that those companies and others reached with state attorneys generals regarding similar allegations several months back.

Intel's McAfee Buy: $11.5 Billion Up in Smoke?

Add the $7.7 billion Intel is paying for McAfee to the $3.8 billion loss in the chipmaker's market value after its announcement, and the deal's cost to shareholders is $11.5 billion. But the purchase probably won't drive enough profits to cover that hefty price.

Applied Materials Earnings Top View on Strong Demand

Applied Materials, the world's top semiconductor manufacturing equipment company, reported third quarter results Wednesday, posting earnings and sales that beat analyst estimates. AMAT's outlook also exceeded analyst expectations, so why hasn't the stock reacted much?

Face-Off on Stocks: HP, Cisco and Intel

Tech stocks are on sale these days, giving buyers a chance to pick up shares at impressive discounts. The sale isn't due entirely to market jitters. A good sex scandal helped to create opportunity as did less than rosy earnings forecasts.

These Tech Stocks Are Charging Up

While the whole technology sector is revving up, the semiconductor and storage segments show the highest gains in earnings estimates. Since earnings season kicked off several weeks ago, estimates for chipmakers alone have risen by 12.5%. Tech investors should take note of Wall Street's bullishness.

Can Chipmaker NXP's $1.15 Billion IPO Warm Up a Chilly Market?

Several IPO hopefuls didn't fare well earlier in the year, but private equity investors KKR and Bain Capital feel confident enough about chipmaker NXP, which they own most of. With the semiconductor business picking up, will investors warm up to NXP?