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Hardware Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

  • Exterior view of Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    Intel beat expectations with its latest quarterly report and its forecast for the current quarter, defying concerns that the growing popularity of tablets and a shaky economy are eating into demand for personal computers.

  • Steven Pelayo of HSBC says chipmakers like TSMC are good buy now, because their stocks have already priced in unstable market conditions.

    Chip firms are seen as a bellwether of the global economy, and shares of the major semiconductor manufacturers such as TSMC, UMC and ASE have fallen around 40 percent from their peaks earlier this year. The companies have been cutting their earnings forecasts as sales have slowed. But one analyst says the markets have already discounted the bleak growth and investors should now buy these stocks.

  • UBS raised its sector view on semiconductors in a report on Monday from 'neutral' to 'positive' and upgraded a handful of stocks within the sector to 'buy' from 'neutral'.

  • Semiconductor companies have continued to fight back as the market tries to rebound, and yesterday chip maker Micron Technology saw upside option activity.

  • Nvidia

    Shares of Nvidia, a maker of graphics and tablet chips, jumped Wednesday after it said sales were growing faster than expected.

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  • Call to the Floor: Atmel

    A look at the chip company that powers new tablets and its prospects for growth, with Steve Laub, Atmel CEO.

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    Intel the tech giant. How about Intel the commodity play? According to one strategist, the chip giant has the ability to move beyond its world of semiconductors to become a leading commodity company focused on solar panels and smart grid solutions.

  • Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    Intel said Wednesday that it has redesigned the electronic switches on its chips so that computers can keep getting cheaper and more powerful.

  • Exterior view of Intel headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    Intel tells CNBC it will be making its "most significant technology announcement of the year" on Wednesday in San Francisco.

  • Applied Materials has not kept pace with recent strength in the semiconductor space, but yesterday's (Tuesday) activity was bullish on the chip equipment maker.

  • AMD

    The chipmaker on Thursday reported an adjusted quarterly profit that was lower than a year earlier but topped Wall Street's estimates.

  • Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments still expects a company manufacturing facility in Japan to be back into full operation by September or earlier despite the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the country, Rich Templeton, CEO of the company, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Sentiment has been weakening in the chip sector for the last week, and yesterday (Wednesday) the bears pounced on Lam Research.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Following are a slew of trades that the Fast gang has on their trader radars, despite the energy woes.

  • The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index is outperforming the broader market this year, but it hasn’t only been the chip stocks that have been on the rise—the companies that help design them are on a tear as well, according to Richard Valera, senior analyst at Needham & Company, and Dan Berenbaum, managing director and senior analyst at Auriga USA.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Steve Laub, CEO of Atmel, discusses his company's positive earnings results, its products and the technology space in general. Also, check out what was said after the broadcast in web exclusive video.

  • That’s a question best put the CEO. Check out Cramer’s interview with T.J. Rodgers.