NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 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 Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) and KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ: KLAC).
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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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Applied Materials' technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. The company reported orders of $2.11 billion and sales of $1.57 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Shares of Applied Materials have gained approximately 18 percent year-to-date.
KLA-Tencor serves the semiconductor equipment industry and also a number of other industries, including the light emitting diode (LED), data storage and photovoltaic industries, as well as general materials research. The company's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.40 a share. Shares of KLA-Tencor have rallied approximately 13 percent year-to-date.
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