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Intel Earnings Lift Chip Stocks But Rambus Falls


Updated from 8:32 a.m. EDT

Semiconductor bellwether


(INTC) - Get Intel Corporation (INTC) Report

was up 1.6% in midomorning and was buoying many chip stocks.

After the close Tuesday, Intel posted third-quarter revenue of $6.5 billion, down 25% from a year ago. Earnings before acquisition-related charges fell 77%, to 10 cents a share, from 41 cents a year earlier. Both figures were in line with estimates compiled by Thomson Financial/First Call.

Intel also forecast fourth-quarter revenue of $6.2 billion to $6.8 billion, matching earlier guidance. The company said fourth-quarter gross margin would inch up to 47% from 46% in the third. Those figures roughly match Wall Street's estimates.

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Other semiconductor stocks were also trading higher. Texas Instruments (TXN) - Get Texas Instruments Incorporated Report was up 1.1% Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) - Get Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Report, which is due to report earnings after the close, was up 1.7%.

Memory chipmaker


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, however, was down 12.7%, turning lower after rising preopen.

Rambus late Tuesday posted earnings of 6 cents per share excluding items, down from the year-ago 49 cents but ahead of the Street's consensus of 4 cents. The company also authorized the repurchase of up to 5 million shares.

But this morning, the stock was downgraded by analysts at Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan.