Today's Research on Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor, United Microelectronics, and Entegris

LONDON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The semiconductor industry faced significant challenges in 2012; however, the outlook for the industry is much more optimistic in 2013. U.S. and China will be the main growth drivers for the semiconductor industry in 2013. In terms of products, growth is expected to be driven mainly by mobile computing. Semiconductor companies such as Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT), KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ: KLAC), United Microelectronics Corp. (NYSE: UMC) and Entegris Inc. (NASDAQ: ENTG) will be looking to benefit from a recovery in the global economy. Semiconductor stocks finished mixed in Tuesday's session as market sentiment was weighed down by worries over the Eurozone debt crisis. StockCall professionals have completed their technical analysis on AMAT, KLAC, UMC, and ENTG and these free reports are accessible by registering at  

Shares of Applied Materials Inc. struggled on Tuesday. The stock closed 0.69% lower at $12.96 on above average volume of 18.03 million. The company's shares have now fallen more than 5% in the last three sessions. Despite the recent pullback, Applied Materials shares are still trading close to their 52-week high of $13.99. The stock has gained more than 13% so far for the year even though it has struggled in recent weeks. The company's shares are currently struggling to break through $14 resistance level. The stock recently slipped below $13.25 support level, which is a bearish signal. The bearish trend is further confirmed by recent volume activity and the stock's MACD chart. Sign up for the free technical research on AMAT at

Shares of KLA-Tencor Corporation edged lower in yesterday's trading session, extending its losses from the previous trading sessions. The stock closed 0.73% lower at $51.35 on above average volume of 2.75 million. KLA-Tencor's shares have fallen more than 6.50% in the last three sessions. The stock has slipped below its 50-day moving average as a result of the recent sell-off. The stock's MACD has also crossed below the zero-line. These are strong bearish signals. The company's shares currently have support at around $51. Be sure to read our latest technical research on KLAC by registering at

Shares of United Microelectronics Corp. fell sharply on Tuesday, closing 1.09% lower at $1.82 on above average volume of 2.50 million. The stock has now fallen more than 4.70% in the last three trading sessions. United Microelectronics' shares are currently trading close to $1.80 support level. The stock is trading well below its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is a bearish signal. The negative trend is further confirmed by the MACD chart. Year-to-date, the company's shares have now fallen more than 8.50%, underperforming the S&P 500. Sign up and read the complimentary report on UMC at

Shares of Entegris Inc. edged higher yesterday; however, the gains were limited. The stock ended the day 0.21% higher at $9.61 on above average volume of 761,520. Entegris shares have fallen 5.6% in the last three sessions, which suggests that market sentiment is bearish on the stock. This is confirmed by the stock's MACD chart. The stock's MACD has just crossed below its signal line. The stock has also slipped below its 50-day moving average. Shares of ENTG have gained nearly 4.70% in the last three sessions. The free report on ENTG can be downloaded by signing up now at

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