Memory chipmaker


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, down more than 25% this morning, regained eight percentage points by late afternoon when


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denied reports in

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that it would drop Direct Rambus DRAM from every computing platform but its high-end workstations by the middle of next year. But

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said the report was no surprise and would represent a positive for Intel, which was up 0.3% after losing momentum late in the session.