NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 06/11/12 -- After an impressive first quarter semiconductor stocks have slumped as a result of growing concerns of a global economic crisis. SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD), which seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the S&P Semiconductor Select Industry Index, has fallen nearly 15 percent in the last 3 months. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN).
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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) recently announced that global semiconductor sales for the month of April increased 3.4 percent to $24.1 billion. The growth was in April was the largest month-over-month increase since May 2010, and the first time sales topped $24 billion in 2012.
"The outlook for the global semiconductor industry continues to be one of cautious optimism," said Brian Toohey, president & CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "We are beginning to see an encouraging trend of modest, sequential growth and we anticipate this trend will continue during the rest of this year, with stronger growth predicted for 2013 and beyond. But that optimism continues to be tempered by macroeconomic factors."
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AMD recently announced the launch of its latest AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) platform. Designed for essential notebook and desktop personal computers which meet basic performance needs at accessible price points, the 2012 AMD E-Series APU enables long battery life (up to 11 hours) and a best-in-class entertainment and media experience, while striking a balance between energy efficiency and unique innovations for brilliant high definition entertainment.
Texas Instruments designs and makes semiconductors, which it sells to electronics designers and manufacturers globally. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had design, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 35 countries. The company's head of their analog chip business, Gregg Lowe, recently left to become CEO of Freescale Semiconductor.
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