Fairchild Semiconductor ( FCS) said orders have recently been stronger than expected, leading it to predict that third-quarter revenue could drop as little as zero to 3% from a year ago. That's a big improvement from the 4% to 6% decline the company previously foresaw. Fairchild also said the existing consensus earnings estimate of 7 cents a share is "challenging but achievable." For the first quarter, the company said visibility "remains limited," and said it expects first-quarter revenue to fall barring an "exceptionally strong" holiday. The shares finished at $13.03, down 97 cents, or 7.4%, on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.