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AMD May Lower Guidance: Analysts

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Intel's (INTC) decision to lower its revenue forecast hammered the tech giant's stock on Monday and fuelled speculation that rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will follow suit.

Number 1 chip maker Intel blamed the guidance change on a hard disk drive shortage. Analysts warned that AMD could also feel the burn.

"This could impact AMD a bit more than Intel because of not only desktop exposure, but because of [non-brand name] white box [hardware] as well," explained Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners. "AMD has made a living selling to cost-sensitive customers."

He said that AMD may have to cut its guidance in the next week or two, with disk drive shortages expected to be around for much of 2012. The most severe impact will be in the first quarter, explained the analyst, although this will lessen in the second and third quarters.

Intel expects fourth quarter revenues to be between $13.4 billion and $14 billion, according to a statement released on Monday, lower than its original forecast of $14.2 billion to $15.2 billion. Shares were off almost 5% by mid-afternoon on Monday.

AMD shares mirrored Intel's performance, dipping 26 cents, or 4.69%, to reach $5.28.

Analyst Cody Acree of Williams Financial Group agrees that AMD will feel pressure, but may not necessarily suffer more than Intel.

"It's impactful to the industry", Acree said, of the Thailand floods. "An OEM (original equipment manufacturer) isn't going to change [chip provider] based on microprocessors, so AMD is going to be feeling some pressure."

Acree noted that AMD's largest customers are HP (HPQ) and Lenovo, and cited recent chip designs that have improved its market share. The analyst has a Buy rating and a $13 price target on AMD. Evercore's Wang, in contrast, rates AMD shares Equal-Weight and has a $6 price target on the chip specialist.

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