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Hardware Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment

  • *Trade balance +359.0 bln yen vs forecast +530.0 bln yen. TOKYO, Jan 24- Japans exports to China and Asia hit record levels as shipments rose for a 13th straight month in December and manufacturing growth hit a four-year high in January, pointing to an economy that powered through the fourth quarter and into 2018. The Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday that...

  • TOKYO, Jan 24- Japan's exports grew for a 13th straight month in December, led by record demand from China and Asia as a whole, raising the prospects for vigorous economic growth in the fourth quarter. The value of exports to China, Japan's largest trading partner, rose 15.8 percent year-on-year in December led by semiconductor production equipment and...

  • Jan 23- The European Union is set to fine U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc for taking advantage of its dominance when it paid Apple Inc to use its chips exclusively in Apple mobile devices, The Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Europe's antitrust watchdog is expected to say on Wednesday that Qualcomm hurt competition and innovation when it paid Apple to buy all of...

  • Jan 23- The European Union is set to fine U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc for taking advantage of its dominance when it paid Apple Inc to use its chips exclusively in Apple mobile devices, The Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Europe's antitrust watchdog is expected to say on Wednesday that Qualcomm hurt competition and innovation when it paid Apple to buy all of...

  • SEOUL, Jan 23- South Korea said on Tuesday it would complain to the World Trade Organization over U.S. Trump's tariffs have dealt a heavy blow to South Korea's Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, who together sell between 2.5 million to 3 million washing machines annually to the United States, making around $1 billion in export earnings.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- President Donald Trump has approved recommendations to impose safeguard tariffs on imported large residential washing machines and imported solar cells and modules, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Monday. The decision followed findings by the U.S. International Trade Commission that both imported products "are a...

  • TRADE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS TRUMP APPROVES SAFEGUARD TARIFFS ON IMPORTS OF WASHERS AND SOLAR CELLS.

  • Jefferies just added Texas Instruments to its top picks, telling clients that there are numerous ways to win on the chipmaker stock.

  • Jan 19- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a second request for information on chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's $103 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc, Broadcom said in a statement on Friday, a move that could indicate heightened antitrust scrutiny. The FTC review is part of a process under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act to scrutinize potentially...

  • Jan 19- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is set to make a second request for information on chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's $103 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Friday, indicating heightened antitrust scrutiny. The FTC review is part of a process under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act to scrutinize potentially...

  • Jan 19- Elliott Management Corp said on Friday NXP Semiconductors NV is worth much more than its previous assessment of $135 per share and Qualcomm Inc's $110 offer to buy the chipmaker. "The current $110 offer is not even in the right zipcode and a credible offer from Qualcomm requires a price in excess of our estimate of NXP's intrinsic standalone fair value of...

  • *Trade data at 2350 GMT on Tues, CPI due at 2330 GMT Thur. TOKYO, Jan 19- Japan's consumer prices are expected to have posted a 12th straight month of gains in December, a Reuters poll found, although the persistently modest inflation will pressure the central bank to maintain its stimulus to meet its 2 percent target. Analysts forecast core consumer prices in Tokyo,...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- The U.S. government will not approve any investment by HNA Group until the Chinese conglomerate, which has been scrutinized around the world over its ownership structure, provides adequate information on who its shareholders are, a source familiar with the situation said. Failure to get U.S. regulatory support means that HNA's high-profile...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday. The bills before the House of Representatives and the Senate would allow the inter-agency Committee on Foreign...

  • Semiconductor demand looks solid for 2018

    Satish Lele of Frost & Sullivan says the outlook is for prices to moderate, but 6% to 7% overall growth in the global semiconductor industry.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday. The bills before the House of Representatives and the Senate would allow the inter-agency Committee on Foreign...

  • *TSMC expects 2018 revenue to climb 10-15 percent. TAIPEI, Jan 18- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd expects a boom in the cryptocurrency market to drive up demand for high-end chips and help it post a record revenue this year, outweighing softening sales to smartphone vendors. "The urge to mine cryptocurrency is very strong, and the incentive of course...

  • Jan 17- Beijing- based Naura Microelectronics Equipment Co Ltd has completed a deal to buy U.S. semiconductor manufacturing equipment company Akrion Systems LLC, in a rare instance of the U.S. government approving such an acquisition, attorneys for Naura said on Wednesday. The deal, worth just $15 million, is small by dealmaking standards, yet it comes as the...

  • Microchip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, German business software giant SAP and Dublin- based consultant Accenture round out the top 10.. Japan and Taiwan are tied for second place with 13 companies each, followed by India with five tech leaders on the list. By continent, North America leads with 47, followed by Asia with 38, Europe with 14 and...

  • Jan 16- Qualcomm Inc, the U.S. chipmaker fending off a hostile bid by Broadcom Ltd, raised its profit forecast on Tuesday and said it might use funds to buy back stock if its $38 billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV fails. Broadcom's offer, unveiled on Nov. 6, valued Qualcomm at $70 per share. NXP closed at $119.40, above the $110 Qualcomm bid.