During this holiday quarter, investors should not be expecting strong sales for the PC sector. Digitimes expects to see sales for PC-components decline by 10% (month over month) in December. High inventory and weak demand are the expected culprits. The forecast is no different from that provided by Intel (INTC) a few months ago, when the chip giant lowered its capital expenditure and reduced its revenue forecast.
The bear phase in the PC sector that began earlier this year should be watched closely. The greater danger hurting demand is the proliferation of smartphone devices and tablets. Although consumers will want keyboard-based computers to do work, web-surfing, watching videos, listening to music, and other passive activities do not require a full-sized computer. Unless the PC-sector sells a device that offers usability, functionality, and convenience that is price-competitive and superior to tablets, profit growth will be limited.
Business Section: Investing IdeasChip Component Makers Chip makers reliant on the PC sector include 1. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ( AMD): Operates as a semiconductor company in the United States, Japan, China, and Europe. Market cap at $1.79B, most recent closing price at $2.52. AMD shares are down 53% YTD (year-to-date) 2. Intel Corporation (INTC): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap at $104.3B, most recent closing price at $20.96. Intel shares are down 10.60% YTD (year-to-date) 3. NVIDIA Corporation ( NVDA): Provides visual computing, high performance computing, and mobile computing solutions that generate interactive graphics on various devices ranging from tablets and smart phones to notebooks and workstations. Market cap at $7.85B, most recent closing price at $12.56. The graphics maker relies on chip sales in desktops and laptops. Its mobile division is growing rapidly. NVIDIA shares are down 8.8% YTD (year-to-date)