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April 21, 2024 | What Drives AI Market Dynamics? Insights from ASML and TSM

Martin Straith

Trend News Inc. was founded in 2002 by Martin Straith. Martin had been a successful investor in the markets for over 20 years & after the DOT COM stock market crash, he felt that there needed to be an investment newsletter that helped educate investors on how to protect their wealth, & become better, more successful investors.

In market analysis, closely monitoring industry leaders is vital, particularly in flourishing sectors like Artificial Intelligence (AI). As AI continues its rapid evolution, drawing parallels to the internet’s growth becomes increasingly evident. Just as the internet’s development unfolded in stages—from the establishment of hardware infrastructure such as modems, personal computers, and fiber optic cables, to the rise of software dominance, and finally, the global presence of high-speed internet—AI is following a similar trajectory.

At the forefront of AI’s hardware infrastructure is ASML, a Dutch semiconductor giant renowned for its cutting-edge chip manufacturing technology tailored for AI applications. Recent earnings reports from ASML have revealed potential hurdles in semiconductor demand, with bookings falling below anticipated levels. This development has prompted market observers to scrutinize the underlying factors contributing to this slowdown, as it could signal shifts in the broader semiconductor landscape.

Here is how the market reacted to ASML’s earnings report:

Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM) stands out as a pivotal player in the AI sector, boasting the title of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer. Specializing in the production and packaging of semiconductors, TSM plays a crucial role in meeting the flourishing demand for advanced AI chips. Despite witnessing strong demand for AI-related chips, TSM has also observed a slowdown in other sectors, such as smartphones and automotive semiconductors. This wide angle perspective highlights the multifaceted nature of the semiconductor industry, where fluctuations in demand across various sectors can influence overall market dynamics.

Here is how the market reacted to TSM’s earnings report:

While the AI trend remains robust, as evidenced by the performance of industry leaders like ASML and TSM, the importance of managing market expectations cannot be overstated. Investors must navigate potential market volatility with caution, recognizing the inherent complexities and uncertainties.

The good news is that we have many stocks on our watch list and once the current sell-off completes, we will have some great buying opportunities

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April 21st, 2024

Posted In: The Trend Letter

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