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If you're aiming to "buy low and sell high," then it makes infinite sense to start your search with bargain-priced stocks. Regularly reviewing a list of stocks trading near their 52-week lows can be a great first step.

Here, I'll try to do the initial legwork for you. To prevent us from being inundated with scores of disparate companies, I'll conduct my search by industry. This will allow us to make some initial comparisons among semi-related companies.

There are 24 industry groups as defined by the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). Semiconductors and semiconductor equipment is one of them.

Below are the top seven companies in this space (by market cap) that are hugging 52-week lows.


Market Capitalization
(in Millions)

% Change From 52-Week Low

P/E Ratio (Trailing)


Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC  )                     110,441.3                          12.7%                          10.7
Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE: TSM  )                       51,860.5                          8.4%                          11.7
Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT  )                       16,199.8                          18.1%                          26.9
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM  )                        7,114.8                          24.9%                          43.5
Xilinx (Nasdaq: XLNX  )                        6,522.5                          19.9%                          11.8
United Microelectronics Corp. (NYSE: UMC  )                        5,411.3                           8.0%                          9.3
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (NYSE: ASX  )                        4,558.5                          21.6%                          10.2

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's. Data as of Oct. 24, 2010.

Semiconductors are tricky business. Obsolescence happens faster than you can say "Moore's law." That said, the two biggest players here catch my eye. Both pay dividends above 3%, so they're allowing investors to hedge their bets over time.

Intel is one of the stocks that famed investor Bill Miller thinks could go 50% higher if it paid out even more of its earnings as dividends. Click here for more on that.

Taiwan Semiconductor is in the high-tech portfolio that fellow Fool Tim Beyers has been tracking for 113 weeks. So far he's beating the market handily. Check out his latest here.  

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Editor's Note: A previous version of this article listed “% Change From 52-Week Low” values based on the home exchanges of foreign-based stocks. We have adjusted to reflect the U.S.-listed values

Anand Chokkavelu doesn't own shares of any companies mentioned. He posts his favorite articles on his Twitter feed.

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  • Report this Comment On October 28, 2010, at 11:02 AM, TimoDOZ wrote:

    Fool me once fool me twice! 7 weeks ago Seth Jayson of MF, was recommending Shorting ASX at near $3.36. Now that it has added a buck and has in the last week gotten shot out of a gun to $4.36 you are recommending buying? The reason this stock is going nuts in the last week is as bizarre as it gets! ASX is up nearly 10% since the announcement by the Singapore stock exchange of it's making a bid for the ASX Stock exchange NOT Advanced Semiconductor Engineering! Duh...!!!!! That's Australian for stocks man! NOT: awt tee wi geh um soo wun took shi, Chinese for electronics technology comrades!

    Jayson is finally right! Now is the time to be shorting ASX as it is driven up by fiendishly diabolical out of control blind to reality HAL-9000 computer trading on an unrelated news story!

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