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re: Chip sector downgrade 'baseless,' says analyst
pmcw   12/1/2009 3:35:08 AM
Nick, You are precisely right; I share your opinion when it comes to most Wall Street analysts. Before selling my company I was in the semiconductor industry for a quarter century. Regards, Paul McWilliams nextinning.com

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re: Chip sector downgrade 'baseless,' says analyst
Nick-e2v   11/20/2009 12:33:49 PM
Anyhow before taking an advice or acting on a recommendation I always like to check on the credibility of who's giving the advice. And looking at the terrible state in which the investment banking industry have left the economy, one can question comes naturally to mind : What is the credibility of those self-promoted industry experts working for investment banks? Looking at the very recent history of the world's economy. It rather seems that the semiconductor industry actually has better visibility and better control of its financial situation than the banking industry has of its own. Most of us in the semiconductor industry are no beginners when it comes to inventory management i the supply chain, and we do have a good grip on our cost structure, our debts, our risks and opportunities and our revenue growth for the future. Can the same be said about investment banks?

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re: Chip sector downgrade 'baseless,' says analyst
pmcw   11/20/2009 2:37:26 AM
Dylan, I appreciate you quoting me today. With the Dell data now in hand I've made some projections for the State of Tech company set I cover. Together, these companies will produce roughly $650B in revenue this year. My projection for total revenue in the set is 36.4 days, down from 37.8 last quarter, down from 41.2 in Q3 2008 and down from 41.9 in Q3 2007. Q3 2007 is a nice basis here since demand fell off quite sharply starting mid-September 2008. In the semi sector where I track the companies representing about 45% of what the SIA reports as worldwide revenue, days sales in Q3 69.5, down from 75.1 last quarter, down from 81.0 in Q3 2008 and down from 79.3 in Q3 2007. What's interesting here is that there has been a concerted effort during the last year to move towards consignment arrangements (hubbing). This has effectively moved inventory allocations in the semi sector back through the chain to semiconductor companies. While this will prove to be a good move and remove some of the volatility from the system, right now there are a number of part types in short supply due to bottlenecks in package and test. I've not heard reports of terrible, but present to some varying degree. I'm always looking for inventory bubbles and the only one I see now is in LCD drivers (slowing demand in some package and test houses). DRAM prices appear to be softening for December, but no reports of excessive inventory yet. Regards, Paul nextinning.com

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