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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Intel, ARM Holdings, Advanced Micro Devices, Apple and STMicroelectronics

    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Intel, ARM Holdings, Advanced Micro
                    Devices, Apple and STMicroelectronics

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CHICAGO, June 3, 2013

CHICAGO, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Intel Corp (Nasdaq:INTC), ARM
Holdings plc (Nasdaq:ARMH), Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD), Apple Inc.
(Nasdaq:AAPL) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM).

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Here are highlights from Friday's Analyst Blog:

Intel Chip to Power Galaxy Tab 3

It has been rumored that the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductor
products, Intel Corp's (Nasdaq:INTC) processor has been chosen to power a new
version of one of Samsung Electronics' top-tier Android tablets, according to
Reuters.

Reportedly, Samsung will use Intel's Clover Trail+ mobile chip for at least
one version of its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3.It is still not clear whether
Samsung plans to introduce other versions of the 10-inch Galaxy Tab equipped
with its own processors or that of other companies. Earlier, all Samsung
devices were powered by ARM Holdings plc's (Nasdaq:ARMH) chips.

Despite being one of the largest chipmakers, Intel's main business of making
processors for PCs is seeing sagging demand. This can be attributed to the
increasing customer shift toward tablets and hybrids. Though Intel is well
ahead of its closest rival Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD), its new products
and even Ultrabook laptops have so far failed to excite consumers.

In fact, Brian Krzanich, Intel's new chief executive officer, stated that the
chipmaker is primarily focusing on expanding its footprint in the mobile
market. The company is preparing itself for the emerging mobile segment and is
trying to get its chips into new hardware. The company is also gearing up to
ship its next-generation processor, Haswell, which is expected to drive
Intel's success in the mobile segment.

A new survey on tablets released by IDC this week shows that the tablets
market continues to expand at a healthy rate. Easily exceeding numbers for the
entire first half of 2012, tablet shipments for the first quarter of 2013 came
in at 49.2 million units for the first quarter of 2013.

Though Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) continues to lead the pack, with a market
share of 39.6%, Samsung holds the second place with a market share of 17.9%.
Samsung grew year over year by a whopping 282.6%.

Even a single version of Galaxy Tab 3 based on an Intel chip is a big deal for
the chipmaker, as Samsung is the world's second largest manufacturer of
tablets. We believe this win will give Intel a chance to prove that its Atom
chip has the right combination of power and efficiency to compete in the
growing mobile market and thereby help Intel to capitalize on the existing
opportunity in the mobile market. The next version of the product is likely to
be even better.

Intel is also the leader in process technology with the capacity to ship in
high volumes, which could be the reason Samsung picked Intel instead of its
own chips. The fact that Clover Trail+ can be used in both Windows and Android
devices could also have influenced the decision. If successful, the companies
will likely expand their relationship, which is exactly what Intel is looking
for.

Intel has a strong market position and technology lead and continues to show
solid execution.

The company delivered decent first quarter 2013 results. The top-line numbers
for the quarter were within the guidance range and slightly better than normal
seasonality, while the bottom line was slightly disappointing.

Although the decline in PC demand will affect results in the upcoming quarter,
we believe that the focus on the mobile segment, adoption of new products,
growth in data centers and new offerings should help Intel get back on track.

Intel shares carry a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Another stock in the sector that is
performing well currently is STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), carrying a Zacks
Rank #2 (Buy).

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