LONDON, January 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Long-term trends for companies in the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry, such as KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) and Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) seem relatively positive. StockCall has posted two comprehensive technical analyses on KLA-Tencor and Applied Materials which can be accessed for free at
However, the industry presently seems to be in something of a downturn, dragged down by soft personal computer sales, the stagnant economic situation in Europe and the deceleration of growth in emerging markets. It will be interesting to see how companies have fared as they prepare to report their earnings results over the coming weeks.
KLA-Tencor is scheduled to release its fiscal 2013 second quarter earnings on January 24th. Analysts are expecting a dip in earnings of around 20 percent compared to last year with results of around 57 cents per share. Sign up today to view the full analysis on KLA-Tencor at
Meanwhile, Applied Materials [Free Report on AMAT](1) has scheduled its first quarter 2013 earnings release for the 13th of February.
In the long-run the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry looks fairly well positioned, as the semiconductor market is projected to reach around $400 billion in 2015. Intel recently guided full-year 2013 capital spending of $13.0 billion, which their biggest supplier, Applied Materials, could benefit from. Furthermore, demand for process, diagnostic, and control (PDC) segments are likely to rise as chips gain in complexity and fall in size.
- Applied Materials Inc. Technical Analysis [ http://www.StockCall.com/AppliedMaterialsInc012213.pdf ]
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