was down 2.5% in midmorning after the chip-equipment sector was downgraded by several analysts who expressed doubts about future capital spending in the semiconductor industry. Among the firms lowering ratings or estimates for a slew of stocks were
Salomon Smith Barney
Among the stocks affected,
touched 52-week low of $21.50 and was down 7.9%,
was down 2.5% and
was down 2.8%.