sales growth will slow this year, pressured by broader economic trends, a Standard & Poor’s analyst predicted on Wednesday.
S&P analyst Amrit Tewary lowered the firm’s chip sales growth forecast for Intel from 8% to 5% for 2005, predicting slower PC and handset sales due to slow job growth, rising interest rates and higher raw material costs.
Intel slipped 1.9% on the news despite optimistic comments from company CFO Andy Bryant, and tech stocks lagged the broader market, which rebounded from Tuesday’s steep sell-off after a government report showed that consumer inflation remained tame in January.
The Nasdaq rose 1 to 2031, the S&P 500 climbed 6 to 1190, and the Dow rose 62 to 10,673. Volume declined to 1.5 billion shares on the NYSE, and 1.9 billion on the Nasdaq. Advancers led 21-12 on the NYSE, and by a small margin on the Nasdaq. Upside volume was 70% on the NYSE, and 48% on the Nasdaq. New highs-new lows were 97-25 on the NYSE, and 50-63 on the Nasdaq.
After the close, FindWhat
missed estimates and warned.
During the day, Ciena
tumbled 13% on gross margin worries, and Autodesk
, Applied Signal
also slumped on their results.
surged 8% on its results, while NetEase
edged higher on an in-line report.
climbed 3.5% on its latest iPod offerings.