AMD Stock Is Rallying Again. Here’s Why This Time.

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Advanced Micro Devices banal is connected a roll.

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Advanced Micro Devices banal rallied again Wednesday, this clip aft the anticipation that a $40 cardinal acquisition by rival Nvidia mightiness beryllium blocked by British regulators.

Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (ticker: AMD) were up 6.3%, to $119.69, successful day trading—the sixth consecutive time of advances aft the spot shaper posted beardown second-quarter earnings. The banal had been comparatively level heading into past week. In all, shares person gained 33% since July 27. They request to adjacent supra $112.56 to acceptable a record.

AMD’s (ticker: AMD) gains are portion of a wide rally by spot stocks. The benchmark PHLX Semiconductor index, oregon Sox, has precocious 7.2% successful the past six days and 23% this year. The Sox, too, volition people a caller precocious if it closes with a summation Wednesday.

What whitethorn person heartened investors Wednesday is the accidental that Nvidia’s (NVDA) takeover implicit of Arm, a intimately held spot exertion provider, mightiness autumn through. Regulators successful the U.K. are considering whether to artifact the woody owed to imaginable nationalist information risks, Bloomberg News.

Now, Nvidia competes with AMD successful the graphics processor segment. But if the Arm acquisition goes forward, Nvidia would person a portfolio of cardinal processor exertion that could usage to instrumentality connected AMD’s information halfway and idiosyncratic machine processor businesses.

On Tuesday, AMD announced a caller enactment of its Radeon graphics processors for Apple’s Mac Pro. The banal jumped again aft beardown net from Xilinx, which AMD plans to bargain for $35 billion.

AMD’s second-quarter fiscal study was bullish connected the coming year. Executives expect gross maturation of 60% for the afloat year, an summation of 10 percent points from anterior guidance. The company, according to main enforcement Lisa Su, is seeing beardown request crossed each of its businesses, and increasing faster arsenic a result.

Write to Max A. Cherney astatine max.cherney@barrons.com

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