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12 Semiconductor Stocks to Watch

11. Novellus Systems (NVLS) makes chip equipment. The company operates in two segments: the Semiconductor Group and the Industrial Applications Group. NVLS is scheduled to release second-quarter earnings July 11.

Of the 16 analysts covering the stock, 44% recommend it as a "buy," and 50% a "hold." Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to gain an average 8.2% to $39.50 over the next 12 months.

The same poll projects sales of $352.6 million, up 10% from a year earlier. Net income is pegged at $64.6 million, or 76 cents per share, compared with $63.4 million, or 66 cents. Gross margins will widen by 2%.

The company recently announced that it shipped a VECTOR(R) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system to Xurui Guangdian, a joint venture company in China. SemiLEDs, a leading manufacturer of high-brightness light-emitting diodes (LEDs), is a partner in the venture. The new VECTOR will be installed at the SemiLEDs' plant in Foshan, China, and will be used for the manufacture of SemiLEDs' MvpLED high-efficiency LED products.

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