Semiconductor Stocks Struggle Amid Chip Shortage
The Rout May Persist
After a run-up in 2021, semiconductor stocks have struggled to keep their footing this year. Tech giants like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), NVIDIA (NVDA), and Qualcomm (QCOM) have seen their valuations plummet as the shortage in chips has hit their bottom lines. Poor performance in the sector mirrors that of technology stocks in general this year.
Some market observers contend the worst is yet to come.
Inflation-driven headwinds are showing up as waning consumer demand has started to cause inventory levels to increase. COVID lockdowns in China are further exacerbating the chip-shortage problem. The Russia-Ukraine war is also contributing to overall uncertainty as it disrupts the global supply chain and increases the potential for persistent inflationary pressures.
The current economic environment has left some industry analysts seeing a lot of risk in the category as they think back to the 2018 selloff of these stocks.
The ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns are exacerbating supply-chain problems, all while chipping away at consumer confidence.
Newsmagazine Nikkei Asia reported that the primary smartphone makers in China ordered suppliers to cut production by 20%. In turn, Xiaomi (XIACF), the country’s largest smartphone maker will slash its shipment goals by as much as 20%. The chip shortage and weakening consumer confidence both factored into the revised plans. With so many issues affecting tech, some wonder if the chip shortage will end right around the time demand is starting to slip, leading to a no-win seesaw phenomenon.
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