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We’re seeing some modestly positive follow-through to yesterday’s ripper in early trading as the bond market is closed for Veterans Day.  With banks and the bond market closed, there’s little in the way of earnings news or economic data.  The only report on the calendar is the Michigan Confidence report at 10 AM.  The key metric to watch in that report will be inflation expectations.  Outside of the US, Asian markets rallied sharply in a continuation of Thursday’s rally here in the US, but signs of some loosening in China’s strict zero-Covid policy have also contributed to the positive mood.  A reopening of China would likely have some upside inflationary pressure in terms of energy prices, but it would also loosen some supply chains which remain constrained.

There’s been nothing ‘semi’ about the performance of chip stocks over the last week, and some of the gains we have seen in individual stocks have been unbelievable.  Just yesterday, the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX) was up over 10%, and over the last five trading days, the index is up over 16%.  With gains like that, you can only imagine how some of the individual components of the SOX have performed, and below we summarize the performance of the 15 largest stocks in the index based on market cap.  All 15 of them have experienced double-digit moves and four are up over 20% in the last five trading days.  Even Intel (INTC) is up over 10%!

While the short-term gains have been mouth-watering, coming back to reality, all 15 stocks listed below are still down YTD, and most are down sharply.  While Texas Instruments (TXN) and Analog Devices (ADI) have managed to get by with declines of less than 10%, more than half of the 15 stocks listed below are still down over 30% YTD.  AMD has declined over 50% while NVIDIA (NVDA) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) are both down over 40%.  Whether this is the beginning of a new rally or just a bear market rally remains to be seen, but rallies have to start somewhere.

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