AMD, Intel and Motorola are all expected to turn in less than brilliant financial results this week as pressure continues on the semiconductor market from a number of fronts.
Motorola will be the first to to reveal its earnings later on today, with both AMD and Intel following suit when Wall Street closes tomorrow evening.
AMD has already issued warnings to its shareholders that it still does not expect to be in the black for the year. It suffered a similar blip in its third quarter after it failed to produce enough K6 parts to match market demand. A company representative would only say: ?It is going to be very busy this week.?
But AMD may not suffer as much as at the hands of Wall Street as Intel. Its announcement last week that it was supplying both Compaq and IBM with K6 parts for machines, means, according to Joe D?Elia, senior semiconductor analyst at Dataquest UK, that those two companies now have faith in its abilities to deliver the parts in 1998.
Intel is keeping characteristically tightlipped about its earnings for the year but did give veiled warnings in early December that the pressure was on for its fourth quarter.
According to Wall Street analysts, the turmoil in the Asian markets is not having nearly as much effect as price pressures on the chip giant, with the advent of sub-$700 Pcs.
* A report from a Japanese newspaper said that giant conglomerate NEC is still considering its semiconductor budget for 1998. At stake, in particular, is a joint investment in Shanghai for Y20 billion. Over the weekend, newspapers reported that investment in mainland China could be threatened by financial turmoil.
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