Tue, Aug 21st 2007 9:36am
Just a week ago, there were reports that big PC makers were likely to benefit from low component costs, at least in the short term. But even something as simple as current or recent prices of chips can be difficult for analysts to get a handle on. Now a Wall Street analyst is calling for an upswing in component prices, particularly flash memory chips and LCD panels. Meanwhile, Samsung has also announced that it's seeing a strong pricing environment for its NAND and DRAM chips. While these conflicting reports demonstrate how hard it is to get a handle on the market, the deeper point is that any trend is likely to reverse itself rapidly, as no party will enjoy strong pricing or cheap pricing very long without things balancing out.
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