Will Apple Stop Giving This Business to Samsung?

semiThe Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM), a prominent Taiwanese processor maker, announced that it expects to make “almost all” 28-nanometer chips made in 2013—a prediction many believe hints at a large-scale deal with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple uses the nanometer chips in its iPhone.

While not confirmed, Macnn reports it is likely that TSMC would build Apple’s next generation processor, currently produced by Apple rival Samsung.

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Meanwhile, TSMC plans on shelling out $9 billion on the 28-nanometer process, and rumors are that the Taiwanese-based company is shopping for facilities in the U.S. that would primarily be devoted to the manufacturing of Apple-designed processors. If true, the U.S. based manufacturing facility would be another notch on Apple’s belt as it tries to bring its advanced engineering jobs back to the states.

If and when news of this deal become official, expect these four stocks to see movement…

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock has jumped $0.31 in after hours trading, to $500.31. If the rumors are to be believed, taking business away from rival Samsung is a smart move. But it is still unclear how primarily using TSMC will affect their iPhone sales. U.S. based labor isn’t cheap, but it does reinforce a growing trend that Apple is serious about bringing jobs back to America. I just don’t think it does nearly enough to assuage worries over the stock’s downward trend since mid-September.

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While just rumors of the deal as of now, it appears TSM is prepared to continue its recent success, which saw its stock jump from $12.65 in July to $18.14 today. If and when concrete news comes of this enormous deal with Apple, expect shares to rise even higher…

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Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), which relies heavily on selling computer chips for revenue, will continue to struggle. After reporting earnings this week of $2.5 billion (48 cents a share), down 27 percent from the year earlier, news of TSCM partnering with Apple reinforces the belief that Intel is floundering in the industry…

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Another company due to be affected by this news is ARM Holdings (NASDAQ:ARMH), another Apple chip supplier. Again, if and when there is a formal announcement of TSMC’s deal with Apple, it will mean ARMH has virtually been squeezed out of the picture.

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