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Semiconductor capital equipment makers were tumbling in preopen action this morning on the heels of a warning from


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last night.

Altera said it expects fourth quarter growth to be at the low end of earlier estimates provided in October of 12% to 15% growth.

The company was hit by bearish comments this morning.

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, for one, said it thinks Altera and its primary competitor,


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, "will likely come under pressure given this news."

Altera also said in a release on its website that its resales for the month of October were "slightly below management expectations."