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Applied, Lam: Will Next Year See a Decline in Chip Equipment?

One of the biggest semiconductor shows of the year kicks off in San Francisco tomorrow, Semicon West, and as mentioned previously, there’s some substantial caution heading into this conference by those following stocks of chip equipment makers such as Applied Materials (AMAT), Lam Research (LRCX), and ASML Holding (ASML). Morgan Stanley’s Joseph Moore and Craig Hettenbach today offer some estimate cuts for Applied and Lam in a joint note to clients, and try to gauge what next year looks like. While the analysts maintain Overweight ratings on shares of both, they cut target prices, lowering Applied Materials to $58 from $60, and lowering Lam to $219 from $238.