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Here's Why Semiconductor ETFs Could Continue Their Rally

An article published on MarketWatch highlighted an analyst's claims that chip inventories are at multi-year highs. This along with Qualcomm's litigation case related to Korea Fair Trade Commission ruling weighed on the U.S. semiconductor sector on Sep 5.

VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETFSMH , PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors ETFPSI and iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETFSOXX lost in the range of 1.2% to 1.4% on the day. However, investors should note that this is a short-term or almost negligible blip as several positive factors are in play.

Investors can very well use this dip as a buying opportunity to the broader semiconductor sector, relying on the below-mentioned factors:

Upbeat Sales

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) recently announced that global sales of semiconductors were $33.6 billion in Jul 2017, marking a year-over-year gain of 24% and a sequential rise of 3.1%. All the key geographies registered both year-over-year and month-over-month increases in July, and the Americas market were at the forefront with year-over-year growth of 36.1% and a sequential rise of 5.4% (read: Semiconductor ETFs to Roar Higher As Q2 Earnings Unfold ).

Usage of Semiconductor in Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin is on a tear this year. The digital currency has now more than quadrupled in value from around $997 at the start of the year. Bitcoins are 'mined' by using a greater amount of computer processing power. Creation and transactions in bitcoin are controlled through cryptography to keep transactions secure (read: Bitcoin Skyrockets, Race to First Cryptocurrency ETF Heats Up ).

Like bitcoin, Ether or etherum is also popular this year. Now, mining of cryptocurrencies needs the usage of semiconductors. A hardware known as an ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) has been designed exclusively for mining bitcoin. This where semiconductor companies can gain traction.

As per Bloomberg , there was a 10-fold rise from April to June in the Ethereum market which helped shares of Nvidia Corp.NVDA and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.AMD substantially. Barclays recently added that Nvidia is better placed than its competitors to cash in on the cryptocurrency rally.

DRAM/NAND Supply/Demand Dynamics

DRAM and NAND prices have improved primarily due to higher-than-expected demand for PCs. It is a really promising area for the semiconductor market.

In the early phase of the year, HP Inc hinted that there may be a shortage of DRAM and Flash memory chips. Notably, NAND flash memory chips are also used in smartphones and tablets. With rising adoption of smartphones, especially in emerging markets, demand for NAND chips are self-explanatory.

Value-Centric Area

In any case, semiconductor is the value-centric traditional tech area that is likely to have an upper hand in an edgy investing environment. Moreover, the semiconductor space is consolidating rapidly with a number of deals announced lately.

Favorable Zacks Ranks

The Zacks Sector Rank is in the top 44%. While semiconductor stock Applied Materials Inc. 's AMAT Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 2%, Micron Technology Inc. 's MU Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 1% and NVIDIA Corp.'s Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 1%. Moreover, PSI, SMH and SOXX have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) (read: Should You Buy These Semiconductor ETFs & Stocks Now ).

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