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Chip stocks drop after US reportedly delays licenses for companies to restart sales to Huawei

Key Points
  • President Trump last month agreed to give "timely licensing decisions" to allow a slew of tech companies including Google and Broadcom to sell to the Chinese telecom giant.
  • But the latest escalation in the trade war made the administration reconsider the move, Bloomberg News says, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • Chip stocks came under pressure following the news.
President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.
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The U.S. is putting its decision to relieve Huawei on hold after China suspended its purchase of U.S. agricultural products, according to a Bloomberg News report.

President Donald Trump last month agreed to give "timely licensing decisions" to allow a slew of tech companies including Google and Broadcom to sell to the Chinese telecom giant. But the latest escalation in the trade war made the administration reconsider the move, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the matter.

China decided to stop buying American crops in retaliation for Trump's surprise tariffs threat last week. It also allowed its currency, the yuan, to drop against the dollar to a key level unseen since 2008.

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However, the Commerce Department told CNBC it is still processing special licenses for companies to restart sales to Huawei.

Advanced Micro Devices is now up nearly 1% after losing as much as 2%. Micron Technology pared losses to end the day about 2% lower, while Skyworks Solutions is down more than 3%.

The administration had blacklisted Huawei in May for national security concerns, halting its ability to buy U.S.-made chips. The worries were heightened recently after reports said Huawei worked with the North Korean government to build and maintain a commercial wireless network.

—Click here to read the original Bloomberg report.