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  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, making it Intel's biggest purchase and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St ends 4-day skid on late tech rally Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    *Intel in talks to buy Altera- WSJ. The Wall Street Journal reported chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy rival Altera Corp, citing people familiar with the matter, sending the PHLX semiconductor index up 2.8 percent. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent to $32 as the biggest boost to the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes.

  • UPDATE 1-Intel in talks to buy Altera -WSJ report Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal that would likely top $10 billion, marking the latest merger in the semiconductor business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications,...

  • *SanDisk tumbles after outlook cut, hits chipmakers. Semiconductor stocks were under pressure for a fourth straight session as SanDisk tumbled 18.1 percent to $66.47 after cutting its revenue outlook. The headwinds for SanDisk are company-specific according to King Lip, chief investment officer at Baker Avenue Asset Management in San Francisco.

  • *Citi lowers forecasts on global smartphone sector. The STOXX Europe 600 Technology Index was down 2.4 percent at 1315 GMT, tracking a similar decline in the United States concentrated among semiconductor companies overnight. Traders said one reason for the pull-back was a note by U.S. investment bank Citigroup, which on Thursday cut its forecasts for the...

  • March 12- Intel Corp slashed nearly $1 billion from its first-quarter revenue forecast as small businesses put off upgrading their personal computers, sending the chipmaker's shares down more than 5 percent. Fewer companies than Intel had expected replaced desktop PCs running on outdated Microsoft operating systems, leading to weak demand for its chips.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, March 6- Avago Technologies Ltd may be one of the pacesetters among companies looking to make a purchase in the semiconductor industry after its advanced talks last month to acquire Freescale Semiconductor Ltd fell through. Demand for cheaper chips and new products to power Internet-connected gadgets is expected to drive chip...

  • BARCELONA, March 3- STMicroelectronics said on Tuesday it expected a second year of growth in its wireless business in 2015, following years of losses, a resurgence that eventually could help Europe's largest semiconductor maker hit overall profit margin improvement goals. Speaking to financial analysts at the annual Mobile World Congress, executives of...

  • *Markit manufacturing hits 4- month high, ISM hits 13- month low. It was boosted by chipmakers NXP Semiconductors NV, Intel Corp as well as network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc after two big deal announcements. Shares of chipmaker NXP rose 17 percent to $99.35 after it agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd to create a company valued over $40...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 1- Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML said on Sunday that it was investigating an unauthorised intrusion into its IT systems, but it had found no evidence that valuable files were accessed. ASML, the world's largest maker of tools for etching out the powerful microchips at the heart of latest-generation smartphones and computer...

  • Japan sales of solar cells rise 10 pct yr/yr in Q4 Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 2:40 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 17- Sales of solar cell modules in Japan rose 10 percent to 2.29 gigawatts in October-December from a year earlier, industry data showed on Tuesday, bolstered by a government scheme to encourage renewable energy. But the quarterly shipments fell about 6 percent from 2.39 gigawatt in the July-September quarter, according to data provided by the Japan...

  • UPDATE 1-Freescale Semiconductor explores sale -source Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    The New York Post first reported that Freescale was working with investment banks to explore a sale. Freescale shares were up 8.5 percent at $37.66 in morning trading, giving it a market value of $11.5 billion. Freescale went public in 2011 after it was taken private in 2006 for $17.6 billion in a leveraged buyout by a group of private equity firms that included...

  • Feb 13- Chip maker Freescale Semiconductor has hired investment bankers to explore a possible sale, the New York Post reported, citing a source familiar with the situation. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Samsung Electronics may consider buying Freescale, which makes chips used in automobiles, consumer products, telecommunications infrastructure and...

  • Feb 11- Applied Materials Inc said new orders in its business that makes semiconductor equipment and made-to-order chips fell in the first quarter due to weak demand from foundry customers. Applied Materials' shares fell 3 percent to $23.53 in extended trading. Revenue in the unit, which accounts for about 60 percent of Applied Materials' total revenue,...

  • Feb 11- Semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials Inc said new orders in its business that makes made-to-order chips fell in the first quarter due to weak demand for logic chips. Applied Materials' shares fell 3 percent to $23.53 in extended trading. Revenue in the unit, which accounts for about 60 percent of Applied Materials' total revenue, declined 2.6...

  • Applied Materials revenue rises 7.7 pct Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:08 PM ET

    Feb 11- Chip-equipment maker Applied Materials Inc reported a 7.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue as contract chip manufacturers spent more on technology used to make smartphone and memory chips. Applied Materials said net profit rose to $348 million, or 28 cents per share, for the first quarter ended Jan. 25, from $253 million, or 21 cents per share, a year...

  • SEOUL, Feb 10- As Samsung Electronics Co Ltd sells fewer of its own smartphones, the South Korean group's components businesses are under pressure to pick up the slack and secure external customers for chips and display panels, including putting these in rival mobile devices. Samsung Display has begun supplying organic light-emitting diode panels to Chinese...

  • SEOUL, Feb 10- As Samsung Electronics Co Ltd sells fewer of its own smartphones, the South Korean group's components businesses are under pressure to pick up the slack and secure external customers for chips and display panels, including putting these in rival mobile devices. Samsung Display has begun supplying organic light-emitting diode panels to Chinese...

  • BEIJING, Feb 9- Qualcomm Inc is likely to pay China a record fine of around $1 billion, ending a 14- month government investigation into anti-competitive practices, after the U.S. chipmaker and the regulator made significant progress during talks last week. The deal, which may also see Qualcomm lower its royalty rates by around a third on patents used in China,...

  • The SEC said former Barclays Capital analyst John Gray and his friend Christian Keller used disposable prepaid mobile phones to conduct insider trading from 2009 to 2012.. It said that in exchange for kickbacks, Keller provided tips about confidential news he learned while working as a financial analyst at the chipmaker Applied Materials Inc and in...