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First Things First:
The RF to Light 100 rose 0.2% last week to 2546. NASDAQ, Dow and S' all down less than 1%. The RF semiconductor market is leading this year with +8% YTD while the fiber optic market is down 3%.
Anadigic's stock surged 23% after an investment fund manager, Michael Cahill, forecasts explosive profit growth. Mr. Cahill owns 11.5% of Anadigic's stock. Micrel's 4Q profit fell - stock up 16%. Nortel to cut almost 10% of workforce - 4Q revenues up 9%. Alcatel-Lucent hinted at further job cuts - 4Q operating profit and revenues down. Northrop/Airbus bid for US tanker fleet against Boeing.
In the News:
World equity markets reached new highs despite concern of global growth and inflation. Global economic growth pointed to a two-speed economy, i.e. the service sector expansion outpaced that of sluggish manufacturing. Output increased faster than new orders. In the US, the growth rate of the WLI declined to 4.0% from 4.7%. New orders decreased compared to December and order backlog contracted for the 5th consecutive month.
PIS (personal investment system):
5 year lows : Exar, Zhone, Maxim, Bookham,Verizon. 3Com Corp. exited.
AEIS, AMT, ANAD, COL, ELMG, HLIT, HRS, IFX, LMT, NOC, RTN, SPEC, T, TYC, VRSN, WFR