Citi Analyst Predicts ‘Worst 3Q Ever in PC History’

Serious trouble lies ahead for PC makers in the third quarter of 2012, Citigroup semiconductor analyst Glen Yeung told CNBC on Friday.

“We were looking into the supply chain over the course of August, and really everywhere you looked, PC data points are bad. What we’re ultimately going to end up with is the worst third quarter in the history of PCs this quarter, so obviously the outlook is pretty dire,” he said on “Fast Money.”

Yeung saw potential upside in Microsoft, based on its new Windows 8.

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“Normally, when we see an upgrade cycle in an cycle, it does stimulate PC demand,” he said. “I would point out that this is the first time ever that Microsoft has changed operating systems, and it’s not just PCs. This time, there’s a tablet involved, there’s a smartphone involved.”

But as far as the best of the bunch?

Yeung likes the Apple ecosystem.

“Keep it simple,” he said. “For us, that’s Broadcom.”

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