NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2012) - Slowing global economies combined with a steep drop in PC sales has provided a challenging environment for the Semiconductor Industry in 2012. RBC Capital Markets has recently downgraded the sector as a result of a stalling inventory cycle. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on NVIDIA Corp. (
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"Order rates are beginning to decelerate across multiple end-markets as macro concerns continue to weigh on the overall mood while a lack of inventory investment could post near-term revenue risks," stated RBC Capital analyst Doug Freedman.
Also research firm IHS iSuppli has recently altered their global semiconductor market chip revenue forecast from a growth of less than 3 percent to a contraction of 0.1 percent due to unfavorable economic conditions. This would be the first time revenues in the semiconductor market have contracted in 3 years.
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NVIDIA's mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. The company recently lost their head of their mobile business unit Mike Rayfield, who recently became Micron's vice president of their Wireless Solutions Group. The company was recently downgraded from "Outperform" to "Sector Perform" by RBC Capital Markets
Texas Instruments chips are used in a wide variety of products, and are the largest producer of analog chips. The company recently forecasted third quarter 2012 revenues to be between $3.27 billion to $3.41 billion, and profit to range from 38 cents to 42 cents a share. "We can safely say revenue growth is below seasonality," said Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Tore Svanberg. "But the fact that they haven't changed forecast suggests things are quite stable, so even though we are below seasonal demand, at least things aren't getting worse."
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