Housing Starts Rise, Markets Advance

Upbeat housing start data along with a drop in jobless claims boosted the markets sharply higher during the midday with the Dow surging 119 points to 12,900. Nasdaq leaped 40 points to 2956.

On the upside

Kinross Gold (NYSE: KGC) increased its dividend to 8 cents per common share from 6 cents per common share prompting an upgrade.


Fourth quarter earnings for TRW Automotive (NYSE: TRW) doubled to surpass analyst expectations by a wide margin.

Itron (Nasdaq: ITRI) swung to a loss for the fourth quarter but the results beat expectations and the power meter maker said that it will pay approximately $100 million to acquire SmartSynch.


On the downside


Fourth quarter earnings dropped for Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL) to fall short of expectations and the company announced cuts to its capital spending.


Ancestry.com (Nasdaq: ACOM) reported higher fourth quarter earnings that topped estimates but the company forecast current quarter revenue below estimates.

DG (Nasdaq: DGIT) disappointed with sharply lower fourth quarter earnings prompting downgrades.

In the broad market, advancing issues outpaced decliners by a margin of nearly 3 to 1 on the NYSE and by more than 3 to 1 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks soared 14 points to 828.

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UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

11/21/2014  A potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells has emerged from a collaboration of University of Oregon and industry researchers.

North American book-to-bill report shows equipment order activity has moderated

11/21/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.10 billion in orders worldwide in October 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.93, according to the October EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Large-area TFT LCD panel shipments and revenues return to growth in 2014

11/20/2014  TFT LCD panel suppliers are rejuvenating their large-area panel business plans this year as the market demand for key applications grows.

Paul A. Mascarena joins ON Semiconductor's board of directors

11/20/2014  ON Semiconductor Corporation today announced that Paul A. Mascarenas has joined its Board of Directors. The Board also appointed Mr. Mascarenas to its Science and Technology Committee.

A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

11/20/2014  University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light.

X-FAB MEMS Foundry wins “Foundry of the Year” Award at MEMS Executive Congress

11/20/2014  X-FAB MEMS Foundry today announced it received the “MEMS Foundry of the Year” award at the Best in MEMS & Sensors Innovation Awards ceremony, as part of the MEMS Industry Group’s 10th annual MEMS Executive Congress held in Scottsdale, Arizona last week.

SmartKem announces new TFT fabrication facility to meet market demand for flexible semiconductors

11/20/2014  SmartKem, a supplier of high performance semiconductor materials for the manufacture of truly flexible displays and electronics, has announced the opening of a new thin-film-transistor (TFT) fabrication and testing facility at the company’s Manchester site – doubling the size of the company.

NFC IGZO TFT for Game Cards

11/20/2014  Holst Centre, imec, and Cartamundi work on flexible Near Field Communication tags embedded in paper cards.

SCHOTT advances MEMS technology by using HermeS glass wafers with through glass vias

11/19/2014  The international technology group SCHOTT is expanding its HermeS wafers with hermetically sealed, solid through glass vias (TGV) into MEMS applications.

Holst Centre, imec and CARTAMUNDI join forces to create the near field communication chip of the future

11/19/2014  Holst Centre, set up by the Belgian nanoelectronics research center imec and the Dutch research institute TNO, and Cartamundi NV have announced a collaboration to develop ultra-thin flexible near field communication (NFC) tags.

STMicroelectronics, AKM, InvenSense and Bosch share 75% of the consume inertial combo market

11/19/2014  Combo sensors continue their growth in a market expected to reach US$ 1.4 billion in 2019 overcoming discrete sensors.

European 3D TSV Summit 2015: Keynote speakers announced

11/19/2014  This week, SEMI announced the keynote speakers for the third edition of the European 3D TSV Summit, event that will take place on January 19-21, 2015 in Grenoble, France.

Canatu launches CNB in-mold film for transparent touch on 3D Surfaces

11/19/2014  Canatu today launched CNB In-Mold Film, a stretchable, formable, conductive film optimized for 3D formed capacitive touch displays and touch surfaces in automobile center consoles and dashboards, home appliance control panels, remote controls, smartwatches and portable electronic devices.

Carbonics aims for improved power consumption and performance with new carbon nanomaterials

11/19/2014  Startup is backed by $5.5M investment, leveraging carbon research conducted at UCLA and USC.

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2014 IEEE International Electron Device Meeting
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International Strategy Symposium 2015
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January 11, 2015 - January 14, 2015
European 3D TSV Summit
Grenoble, France
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January 19, 2015 - January 21, 2015
SEMICON Korea 2015
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