Following a well-deserved pullback for the tech-rich Nasdaq, it was reported this past week by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) that the month of May had the strongest monthly computer chip report in seven years.
Other positive industry commentary gave a boost to technology stocks on Wednesday. Global sales of semiconductors rose 22.6% to $31.9 billion for the month of May to mark the strongest year-over-year growth since September 2010.
Shares of chipmakers and semiconductor equipment makers that had been slammed on heavy profit taking of late snapped a seven-day losing streak and found strong buying interest off of this extremely bullish report. Shares of Micron Technology (MU), Broadcom (AVGO), Nvidia (NVDA), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel (INTC) were among the chip stocks moving up, while Applied Materials (AMAT), Lam Research (LRCX) and KLA-Tencor (KLAC) led the chip equipment makers higher on the news.
“The global semiconductor market has settled into a period of significant and steady growth in 2017,” said John Neuffer, chief executive officer of the Semiconductor Industry Association, in prepared remarks with the monthly report. The report noted that chip-market growth has been consistent across all major regional markets and semiconductor-product categories, with sales of memory products continuing to lead the way. Below is a weekly chart of the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) that illustrates the powerful uptrend the sector is trading on and how a recent pullback to the first 20-week trend line found good technical support and an attractive entry point for new money.
The SIA report said computer chip sales increased across all regions in May from the year-ago quarter, led by a 30.5% growth in the Americas region, followed by China’s 26% rise and Europe at 18% growth. The chip sector led the Nasdaq for the first half of the year to boost the index up over 17%, far outpacing the Dow, S&P and Russell 2000. This takes into account some early earnings upside surprises from a few key software companies, namely Autodesk (ADSK), Adobe Systems (ADBE), Oracle (ORCL) and Red Hat (RHT).
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