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Chip giant Intel is taking advantage of bond interest rates below its dividend yield as the world's largest semiconductor maker borrows to buy back stock battered by its lagging share in the smartphone and tablet markets.
Of more than a dozen tablets Microsoft and Intel touted for the new version of Windows, only five can be purchased for immediate U.S. delivery. Plus, early demand for Microsoft's first computer, the Surface tablet, seems "disappointing," said Craig Berger, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets.
Shares in Cree dropped 6 percent Thursday after an analyst's downgrade. The news helped erase gains that had pushed Cree to a new 52-week high earlier of $33.60 this week and boost shares overall 45 percent this year.
Analysts: Intel, seeking a replacement for departing Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini, needs a candidate with credentials internal contenders lack: - a record of success in the market for mobile-device semiconductors.
Booming smartphone and mobile device demand drives value of Qualcomm past that of Intel as PC market lags.
Big Blue blog: IBM plans to increase its share repurchasing and also will pay an 85-cent per share cash dividend in December. IBM is using record income this year from the company's shift to more profitable software and services to reward shareholders whose stock has been outpaced by the broader market.
Big Blue blog: IBM scientists say carbon nanotechnology could lead to smaller, faster and more powerful computer chips. The carbon material might replace traditional silicon.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the second-largest maker of processors for personal computers, cut its third-quarter revenue forecast, citing weak demand across all product lines in a challenging economic environment.
An assortment of major computer vendors showcase new devices depend on Intel Corp.'s new processor and Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the widely used operating system made by Microsoft.
The world's largest chip manufacturer cut its revenue forecast on Friday to $700 million below analysts' forecasts. Declining PC sales to corporate customers is the big reason. More bad news: HP increases layoffs.
The venture capital backed startup, which has been funded locally by Intersouth Partners and NCIDEA, is commercializing technology developed at NC State.
Global computer shipments will climb less than previously forecast this year amid a weak economy and as buyers await new models, research firms IDC and iSupply say.
Big Blue blog: "It's not the end of our acquisition phase," an IBM exec says about Thursday's deal for Texas Memory Systems. "We've been on an acquisition phase for the past four or five years, and this was one of the missing pieces."
The world's second-biggest maker of personal computers, says new devices based on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows RT software will cost $200 to $300 less than competing products using Windows 8 software.
Big Blue blog: IBM moves to expand its data storage products with the acquisition of Texas Memory Systems, which focuses on solid state technology.
Microsoft, which is relying on ARM-designed chips to help it vie with Apple Inc. in the market for mobile computers, discussed the manufacturing partners in a blog posting, its first disclosure of which PC makers will carry Windows RT.
Big Blue blog: IBM's office in Kenya will focus on the public sector, "Smarter Cities," and human capacity development.