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AU Optronics Corp. : StockCall Study on STMicroelectronics, Freescale Semiconductor, Vishay Intertechnology, Cavium, and AU Optronics

04/23/2013 | 08:05am US/Eastern

LONDON, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Mobile was the key growth driver for the semiconductor industry in 2012. With more and more users switching to smartphones and tablets from PCs, the trend is expected to continue in 2013. However, the macro environment remains a concern for the semiconductor industry. Although economic data released at the start of this year pointed to a recovery, data released in recent weeks suggests that the recovery has stalled. Semiconductor stocks ended mostly higher on Monday, tracking gains in the broad market. Among the major movers in the sector were STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE: STM), Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. (NYSE: FSL), Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (NYSE: VSH), Cavium Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), and AU Optronics Corp. (NYSE: AUO). StockCall free coverage on STM, FSL, VSH, CAVM, and AUO is available upon registration at

Shares of STMicroelectronics N.V. rose sharply in Monday's trading session. The stock touched an intra-day high of $7.37 before paring some of the gains to finish the day 1.54% higher at $7.27 on above average volume of 3.33 million. The company's shares are currently trading below their 50-day moving average, which is a bearish signal. The negative trend is further confirmed by the stock's MACD chart. Year-to-date, STMicroelectronics' shares have gained more than 1.50%, compared to a gain of over 9.50% for the S&P 500. Download the free technical research on STM by signing up at

Another major gainer in the semiconductor sector on Monday was Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. Shares of the Austin, Texas-based company ended 2.75% higher at $13.08 on volume of 1.24 million after trading between $12.35 and $13.11. Despite the significant gains, Freescale's shares have fallen 3.75% in the last three trading sessions. Year-to-date, however, the stock is still up 18.80%, outperforming the broad market. Shares of FSL are currently trading 19% below their 52-week high. Register now and get access to the free analysis on FSL at

Shares of Vishay Intertechnology Inc. ended marginally higher in Monday's trading session. The stock rose to an intra-day high of $11.91 before finishing the day 0.42% higher at $11.86 on volume of 696,400. Vishay Intertechnology's shares have seen a series of lows over the past few trading sessions, which is a bearish signal. The stock's MACD is currently trading below the signal line and the zero-line, which further confirms the downbeat trend. Sign up and read the complimentary report on VSH at

Cavium Inc.'s shares edged higher on Monday, reversing some of the losses from last week. The stock traded between $28.91 and $30.58 before finishing the day 1.39% higher at $30.01 on above average volume of 1.68 million. Despite the gains, Cavium's shares are down more than 2.70% in the last three trading sessions. The stock has fallen sharply since the start of April after failing to break through $39 resistance level. The company's shares are trading well below their 50-day and 200-day moving averages. The free report on CAVM can be downloaded by signing up now at

Shares of AU Optronics Corp. edged lower on Monday even as the broad market finished the day in the green. The stock ended the day 0.69% lower at $4.30 on volume of 321,600. AUO's shares have traded in a tight range over the past few trading sessions, struggling to break through $4.40 resistance level. The stock, however, recently moved above its 50-day moving average, which is a bullish signal. Year-to-date AU Optronics' shares have fallen more than 4.40%, underperforming the S&P 500. Free report on AUO can be accessed by registering at

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