NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 4, 2013) - After experiencing a slowdown in 2012 the global semiconductor market is set for growth. The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics predicts the global semiconductor market to grow by 4.5 percent in 2013 after declining 3.2 percent in 2012. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) has gained over 7 percent year-to-date. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARMH) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC).
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The global semiconductor industry posted total sales of $291.6 billion in 2012, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The total was the third highest ever, but a decline of 2.7 from the record $299.5 billion set in 2011. The industry began to show some strength in the fourth quarter as it posted sales of $74.2 billion, which was a year-over-year increase of 3.8 percent.
"Despite substantial macroeconomic challenges, the global semiconductor industry outperformed forecasts and posted one of its highest yearly sales totals in 2012," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. "Recent momentum, led by strength in the Americas, has the industry well-positioned for a successful 2013."
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ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. The company reported revenues of $262.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 21 percent when compared to the year ago quarter. Shares of ARM have gained over 15 percent year-to-date.
Intel designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. For the full year 2012 the company reported revenues of $53.3 billion, a decrease of 1.2 percent when compared to revenues of $54.0 billion in 2011. Revenues in the first quarter of 2013 are expected to be approximately $12.7 billion.
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