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SOX up 34% In a flat year for #Growth

SOX up 34% In a flat year for #Growth

Although the semiconductor industry was flat in terms of revenues, the Philadelphia SOX is up 34% on the year from 88 in January to 124 yesterday. The SOX has been driven by continued M&A, continued growth in data centres and increasing demand for automotive ICs as cars get increasingly automated and connected. Other potential drivers like IoT, AI, VR, AR and wearables have yet to kick in. China’s increasingly expensive and extensive moves to get into the chip industry to relieve its huge trade deficit in ICs is a major boost for manufacturing equipment vendors. Of the 62 new fabs due to come on-line in the world between 2017 and 2020, 26 will be in China, representing 42% of the world total. M&A in 2016 was only half what it was in the $100 billion year of 2015, but it would have been much higher if China had been allowed to buy more US and Taiwanese semiconductor compani...

Full article: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/business/sox-34-yea...

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