TAIPEI, May 30- Taiwan stocks rose on Monday on bargain hunting and led by further gains in Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc after the top chip and test packaging company said last week it would join hands with a rival to form a new holding company. On Thursday, ASE and Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd, the island's top two chip and test packaging... » Read More
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Hynix Semiconductor, the world's No. 2 memory chipmaker, reported its third straight quarterly net loss on Thursday as weak chip prices and a plant closure maimed its bottom line.
Contract chip maker Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing swung to a quarterly profit after a tax credit, but forecast a third-quarter net loss on higher costs, sending its stock down as much as 6.5 percent.
Texas Instruments said Monday its first-quarter profit fell 4 percent, missing Wall Street estimates, as sales of cell phone chips continued to fall.
SanDisk Monday reported a sharp swing to a loss in its quarterly results as pricing was hurt by an industry glut of memory chips for gadgets, sending its shares down 9 percent after-hours.
Computer chip maker Advanced Micro Devices said Thursday that Chief Executive Hector Ruiz was stepping down to be replaced by President and Chief Operating Officer Dirk Meyer, effective immediately.
Shares for graphics chipmaker Nvidia will be under pressure after the company warned on Wednesday that revenues and gross margin would miss analysts' estimates due in part to weak demand.
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The Semiconductor Industry Association on Wednesday cut its forecast for growth in global sales of semiconductors in 2008, citing lower prices due to competition in the memory chip sector.
Analog chipmaker National Semiconductor on Thursday posted a lower fourth quarter net profit, but revenues and earnings topped expectations as it sold more profitable chips, and shares jumped.
Analog chipmaker National Semiconductor on Thursday posted a lower quarterly net profit but revenues topped its own forecast as it sold more profitable chips, and shares rose 3 percent.
The Semiconductor Industry Association said worldwide sales of semiconductors grew 5.9% in April 2007 on a year-over-year basis, but sales were flat compared with March.
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Shares in Hynix Semiconductor, the world's second biggest maker of memory chips, fell Tuesday on news its production of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips had been disrupted in a power outage.
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Samsung Electronics, the world's top maker of memory chips, on Tuesday said it would cooperate with top rivals Intel and TSMC to develop bigger silicon wafers to boost efficiency in chip manufacturing.
Hynix Semiconductor, the world's No. 2 memory chipmaker, said on Monday it raised contract prices for computer memory chips by about 15 percent last month and expected further increases in May.
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