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3 Chip Stocks to Buy on the Trade War Thaw, According to an Analyst

Chip stocks are gyrating on trade-war uncertainty this month. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is telling investors that some chip stocks are worth buying after Tuesday’s announcement about delaying tariffs on some products.

The semiconductor sector is exposed to global trade-conflict sentiment, as China and the U.S. represent key end markets for the industry, and most of its supply chain is in Asia.

On Tuesday, technology stocks surged on the U.S. government’s decision to postpone tariffs on select product categories—including cellphones and laptop computers—imported from China. But the sector lost much of those gains on Wednesday on recession fears after the yield curve inverted.

“Even if tension easing proves to be just symbolic (kicking can down the road)…it’s a near-term sentiment positive and shows US/China governments can be flexible,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya wrote on Tuesday.

He noted that the tariffs postponements on some goods are strategically timed to avoid most of the holiday shopping season.

Here are three Buy-rated chip stocks that Arya says may do well under the “Trade Thaw.”

Nvidia (NVDA)

Arya has a $225 price target for Nvidia stock, which was trading around $149 per share on Wednesday. The chip maker has a “superior long-term growth profile in large, underpenetrated markets,” he wrote.

Analog Devices (ADI)

Arya has a $130 price forecast for Analog Devices stock, which was trading around $110 per share on Wednesday. He said the chip maker has “best-in-class profitability.”

KLA-Tencor (KLAC)

The analyst has $150 target for the chip equipment maker, whose stock was trading around $131 per share on Wednesday. The company, Arya says, has a “unique position as a key enabler of semiconductor manufacturing technology.”

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