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AMD Projects Lower Revenue; Shares Dive 4%

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc has provided third-quarter revenue estimates that were about a billion dollars less than previously forecast, signaling the chip slump could be much worse than expected, Reuters reported.

Photo Insert: AMD shares dropped 4% in after-hours trading, dragging down shares of Nvidia Corp and Intel Corp by over 2%.

AMD shares dropped 4% in after-hours trading, dragging down shares of Nvidia Corp and Intel Corp by over 2%.

“The PC market weakened significantly in the quarter,” CEO Lisa Su said in a statement, adding that macroeconomic conditions drove PC demand lower than expected.

Su said AMD’s data center, embedded, and gaming segments maintained strong growth. The company said it expects third-quarter revenue of about $5.6 billion. That compares with its forecast in August of $6.7 billion, plus or minus $200 million.

Runaway inflation and the reopening of offices and schools have led people to spend less on PCs than they did during lockdowns when many bought computers for work and school as they stayed home during the pandemic.

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Chipmakers are also under pressure from COVID curbs in key PC market China, while the Ukraine war has worsened supply-chain snarls and dragged demand further.

The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index, which tracks prices of major silicon-producing and allied businesses, has fallen 36.4% this year so far, compared to a 41.2% rise in 2021.

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“I think AMD is showing that nobody is safe from the post-pandemic PC downturn, and those inventory corrections are also impacting the company,” said Anshel Sag, chip analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

“Overall, this looks to be more of a cyclical correction within a single, albeit large, business unit rather than a structural or strategic one.”

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