SOURCE: Five Star Equities
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 28, 2013) - After experiencing a slowdown in 2012 the global semiconductor market is set for growth. The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics predicts the global semiconductor market to grow by 4.5 percent in 2013 after declining 3.2 percent in 2012. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) has gained over 7 percent year-to-date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU).
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The global semiconductor industry posted total sales of $291.6 billion in 2012, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The total was the third highest ever, but a decline of 2.7 from the record $299.5 billion set in 2011. The industry began to show some strength in the fourth quarter as it posted sales of $74.2 billion, which was a year-over-year increase of 3.8 percent.
"Despite substantial macroeconomic challenges, the global semiconductor industry outperformed forecasts and posted one of its highest yearly sales totals in 2012," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Recent momentum, led by strength in the Americas, has the industry well-positioned for a successful 2013."
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Shares of Advanced Micro Devices have gained over 5 percent year-to-date. The company recently unveiled their new AMD Turbo Dock technology, which automatically adjusts performance and power consumption when switching between tablet and hybrid modes for hybrid PCs. "With our latest APUs, AMD aims to deliver a more complete, full-featured experience on tablet and hybrid PCs than has been available to date," said Steve Belt, vice president of AMD Ultra-low Power Products.
Through its worldwide operations, Micron Technology manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory. The company has recently introduced the industry's smallest 128-gigabit NAND flash memory device, which is more than 25 percent smaller than their MLC NAND device. Micron is currently sampling the device with select customers and expects it to be in production in the second quarter.
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