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It was a great week for semiconductor stocks. After the initial scare related to Taiwan Semiconductor’s (TSM - Free Report) warning about smartphone demand, investors entered the earnings season with trepidations. But after the first few earnings this week, sentiments started shifting, culminating in the reaction to Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD - Free Report) stellar quarter.

Here are a few charts assuring us that semiconductors aren’t just about smartphones; there’s automotive, industrials, medical, communications, military, IOT and so much more-

AMD, which reported a sales surprise of 6.2% and earnings surprise of 33.3%, saw shares jump 13.7% yesterday for a weekly net gain of 10.5%.

 

Intel (INTC - Free Report) , which topped our revenue estimate by 6.7% and earnings estimate by 22.5%, saw shares appreciate 2.9% over the past week.

 

Texas Instruments (TXN - Free Report) , which posted revenue and earnings beats of 3.8% and 9.0%, saw shares up 2.7% for the week.

 

Micron (MU - Free Report) shares soared 5.3% yesterday to almost totally recover losses through the first few days of the week. The company reported February quarter revenue and earnings that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimates by 1.7% and 4.1%.

 

NVIDIA (NVDA - Free Report) , which has yet to report, also saw shares jump 4.0% yesterday to make up for losses through the first part of the week.

 

Xilinx (XLNX - Free Report) , which reported a sales surprise of just 3.6% and just managed to match the Zacks Consensus Estimate on the bottom line, jumped 1.7% yesterday to post a net 0.9% gain for the week.

 

KLA-Tencor (KLAC - Free Report) was up 2.2% yesterday but couldn’t make good the losses taken in the first few days of the week as its revenue and earnings surprises were both contained at just 2.0%.

 

Lam Research (LRCX - Free Report) beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.4% on the top line and 9.9% on the bottom line. Its shares were up 2.0% yesterday to a net -0.8% over the past week.

 

Applied Materials (AMAT - Free Report) has yet to report, but yesterday, its shares jumped 2.8% regardless.

 

You get the drift…

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