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NEC Falls on Profit Warning as Other Semis Lift

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The world's third-largest chipmaker, Japan's NEC (NIPNY) , was down 5.1% in late morning after it warned it would post an operating profit for the current fiscal year of 30 billion yen ($250 million), down from previous estimates of 210 billion yen, and said it would post a net loss of about 150 billion yen vs. earlier projections of a 65 billion-yen profit.

The company also said it would cut 300 jobs, some from a California chip plant and the rest from the closure of a semiconductor line in Japan.

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