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June 07, 2012 08:20 ET

Micron Technology and SanDisk Look to Benefit From Rising Global Semiconductor Sales

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Micron Technology and SanDisk

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2012) - 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 Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK).

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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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Micron Technology is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. The company last month announced development of its first fully functional DDR4 DRAM module. The company has begun sampling and has received feedback from major customers to support quick implementation for applications in 2013.

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced it is using the world's most advanced semiconductor manufacturing process to produce SanDisk's highest-performing embedded memory products. iNAND Extreme is now being built on SanDisk's 19 nanometer process technology to enable the large-capacity, high-performance embedded NAND flash memory products that are ideally suited for high-end tablets and smartphones.

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