Chip Stocks End the Day Mixed

After a seesaw day, semiconductor stocks close mixed.
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Chip stocks seesawed Wednesday, mirroring turbulence in the broader market.

A rally based in part on a not-so-terrible

durable goods

report faded in the afternoon, taking with it tech-stock gains, though the major indices did recover modestly by the time the market closed. Among the semiconductors,

STMicroelectronics

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-- which makes components for long-lasting goods in addition to those for computers -- maintained gains, finishing the day up 7.3% at $4.71.

Applied Materials

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also rose, gaining 3.8% to $10.99.

Among the other winners:

Advanced Micro Systems rose 1% to $3.17.

Maxim Integrated Products rose 0.7% to $13.48.

Nvidia rose 1.6% to $9.94.

Among the day's less fortunate:

Texas Instruments fell 1.3% to $16.43.

Intel fell 0.4% to $14.94.

National Semiconductor fell 2% to $10.16.

Broadcom fell 3.8% to $19.80.

Atmel Corp. fell 4% to $3.63.