Intel Is Loss Leader in Tech, but Merrill Lynch Counsels Faith in Cisco - TheStreet

Intel

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was down 23.6% -- more than 14 points at the open after issuing its first warning in two years, and the chip bellwether was pulling down other tech stocks.

Chipmakers showed big losses, with the

Semiconductor Index

(SOX)

down 6.7%. Among other major tech issues,

Sun Microsystems

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was down 2.9%;

Oracle

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was off 3.8%; and

Cisco Systems

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fell 4%.

Several analysts downgraded Intel.

Merrill Lynch

said demand remains strong for some tech companies, however, and selling such stocks as Cisco would be an "overreaction."