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Chip Shortage? Some Industries Now Have Too Many


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Consumer electronics companies look most vulnerable to an oversupply issue, with Micron Technology Inc. cautioning last week of slowing demand for memory chips used in computers and smartphones. The company will cut spending on new plants and equipment to

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It's getting complicated for investors in semiconductor stocks, with last year's big chip shortage morphing into an inventory glut for some companies, and others getting caught up in geopolitics.

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred an unprecedented supply crunch, shutting down semiconductor factories while also fueling demand for consumer electronics. Now, some chipmakers are warning of cooling demand for parts used in PCs and smartphones, while automakers continue wrestling with a shortfall.

Another fly in the ointment is renewed tensions between the U.S. and China over the Asian nation's burgeoning semiconductor industry, with equipment giant ASML Holding NV caught in the middle.

"Supply constraints are not being felt equally," said Angelo Zino, senior equity analyst at CFRA Research. "The biggest customers are getting priority (Apple, data center players) while more fragmented industries that are not as relevant to the chip industry (industrials, autos) are being pushed to the backburner."

 

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