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Day's Range217.02 - 220.53
52 Week Range144.79 - 221.31
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Net Assets1.76B
PE Ratio (TTM)46.26
YTD Daily Total Return42.25%
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Inception Date2001-07-10
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China is the leading consumer of semiconductors, responsible for more than 50% of the global demand.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAnd U.S. chip companies, including Advanced Micro Devices, lead the world with a combined global market share of nearly 50%. Furthermore, many technology companies, including AMD, either have manufacturing plants or joint ventures in China. Additionally, they typically use Chinese companies in their supply chains. Therefore, investors fear that American chip makers will be among the largest losers of the current trade war. * 7 Tech Industry Dividend Stocks for Growth and Income During the recent second-quarter earnings release on July 30, AMD management highlighted China as a risk. At present, over 30% of revenues come from China.The chip industry is a highly cyclical one. In case of an economic slowdown either in the U.S. or globally, AMD stock and other industry players that fight for market share would be adversely affected. Earlier in August, U.S. and global equity markets went into a tailspin when the U.S. Treasury yield curve briefly inverted as short-term yields traded above those of the long-term variety.We will not know when the next recession has started until we are in it, but we know investors' sentiment can change rather quickly. What's Behind AMD Stock's Latest Earnings?In 2019, the chip company launched a robust range of products which Wall Street and AMD customers like. Yet Advanced Micro Devices has a history of reporting mixed results. When AMD released earnings on July 30, it was a similar story as it cut its full-year guidance.In the earnings report, Wall Street paid attention to two segments: Computing and Graphics and Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom.Advanced Micro Devices stock reported earnings that met expectations amid tariff constraints. The group's net income was $35 million, or 3 cents a share, compared with $116 million, or 11 cents a share, in the year-ago period.The Computing and Graphics segment revenue was $940 million, down 13% year-over-year and up 13% quarter-over-quarter. Computing and Graphics revenue was lower year-over-year primarily due to lower graphics channel sales. The quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily due to higher GPU sales.Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue was $591 million, down 12% year-over-year and up 34 percent sequentially. The year-over-year revenue decrease was primarily due to lower semi-custom product revenue. The quarterly increase was driven by higher semi-custom and EPYC processor revenue.Overall many analysts saw the Q2 earnings report as a sign that AMD is executing its strategic plans well. Since late 2014, under the leadership of CEO Lisa Su, revenue has increased and the company has been improving its balance sheet. Its debt has also reduced considerably. Over the next five years, analysts expect AMD to grow earnings by about 30% annually. What Could Derail AMD Stock?AMD's Q3 revenue outlook, however, fell below the Wall Street consensus because of weaker-than-expected console sales. The chip maker's Q3 revenue outlook of $1.75 billion to $1.85 billion was lower than the forecast sales of $1.94 billion.The company said revenue would likely be lower in both its computing and graphics and enterprise, embedded and semi-custom segments. Constantly lacking the "wow" factor in most of their earnings makes the AMD stock price vulnerable to rapid declines. Naturally, this has unnerved many long-term investors. And the markets penalized Advanced Micro Devices stock the day following the earnings release.Wall Street has recently been debating whether chip stocks have reached their 2019 highs in the eyes of investors. For long-term investors, such gyrations in the sector are nothing new. However, it may mean more volatility for Advanced Micro Devices stock in the near term.In the coming weeks, if any chip company issues a trading update that may include a potential weak guidance, then investors could easily become bearish on semiconductor stocks, including AMD.Furthermore, analysts are debating whether Advanced Micro Devices stock is becoming overvalued. For example, its trailing price-to-earnings-growth ratio is about 3.5x. Similarly, AMD stocks's price-to-sales ratio of about 5.6x is also quite high. To put the metric into perspective, the S&P 500's average P/S ratio is 2.1x.In summary, in the final months of the year, there are multiple pieces to the jigsaw puzzle that could affect the the stock price of Advanced Micro Devices. Current AMD Stock PriceWall Street loves turnaround stories. Over the past several years, AMD stock price has gone from $2 in early 2016 to an all-time high of $35.55 on Aug. 9, 2019. Within the past 12 months, the AMD share price is up about 20%.If you are an investor who follows technical charts, AMD stock has strong resistance around $35, a level which it has not been able to pass four times in the past two months. In other words, if and when AMD stock can go and stay over $35, long-term investors should expect another big move up in the share price.However, in the coming weeks, AMD stock is likely to trade within a range of about $27.5-$32.5. If there is a broad market decline, possibly similar to what we have experienced at the end of 2018, AMD stock price can easily move toward $25.Finally, at this point, 12.3% of AMD's shares are shorted. So while there are plenty of traders who have shorted AMD stock, not enough shares of Advanced Micro Devices are being shorted to set the stage for a massive short-squeeze rally. On the contrary, the current level of short selling in AMD stock may be enough to put further selling pressure on the shares.Because AMD is a momentum leader stock, investors should expect sizeable daily swings in the stock price. Technically AMD stock is known to make a series of rallies and consolidations. We can expect this trend to continue in September, too. The Bottom Line on AMD StockI am upbeat on the long-term outlook of AMD stock. Its data center GPU business is likely to gain further momentum in the coming quarters. 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That could portend some value with BJK down the road as markets reassess certain casino firms, but now isn't the time to be rushing into this fund. First Trust Materials AlphaDEX Fund (FXZ)Source: Shutterstock Expense ratio: 0.64%The materials sector is one of the smallest weights in the S&P 500, but it has been one of the biggest losers this month. Just look at the First Trust Materials AlphaDEX Fund (NYSEARCA:FXZ), which is one of August's worst ETFs with a loss of 12%.Several marquee companies in this sector are already talking about the ill effects the trade war will have on earnings and revenue, making FXZ and other materials highly undesirable over the near-term. China is just too important of a customer for many American chemicals and plastics producers to make FXZ a "buy" today.Further hindering FXZ is its status a mid-cap ETF at a time when smaller stocks are out of favor. 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