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The Philadelphia semiconductor index hit its highest level in nearly a year on Thursday, as optimism grows that a sales downturn in the industry has reached its nadir, in part due to a surge in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The index climbed 1.6%, adding to a gain of more than 3% on Wednesday, and it is now on track for its biggest two-day percentage gain in nearly two months, hitting its highest level since April 6 after a flurry of updates from several chipmakers including Intel, Micron Technology and Germany's Infineon. Micron forecast a sharp drop in third-quarter revenue from the year-ago period on Tuesday, but CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said he was confident about the long-term and said the memory chip industry would see a record calendar year 2025 in terms of market size as AI will help boost sales.
Stock for the memory specialist gained some traction in 2023, and it is expected to keep delivering upside.
While Micron Technology projected a year-over-year decline in revenue of over 50% for the upcoming quarter, it did offer optimistic long-term perspectives on several semiconductor sectors.