For now, we're staying with the neutral intermediate-term rating on AMD's stock until we see how the company weathers the Northwood launch. We are still long-term strong buyers of the stock -- even if AMD suffers at the hands of Northwood it will not plunge as deeply into loss as it has during past Intel offensives.
What we see happening is a bottoming to the rate of change in the semiconductor business, which has been negative and less capacity being added by the fourth quarter, which is also good. So, although companies themselves are still very conservative we think that the worst is past in terms of the downturn here.
Texas Instruments' decision to buy analog specialist Burr-Brown fits well with the company's stated objective of building its presence in the analog business. Despite the somewhat rich valuation for the deal, we think that the deal makes sense for TI. We reiterate our intermediate-term and long-term buy ratings for the stock.