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What: Shares of NXP Semiconductors (Nasdaq: NXPI) rose as much as 11% after the company announced in a press release that its chips would support the latest version of Android.

So what: NXP's processors are used for near field communication, which lets two devices close to each other share data wirelessly. Over time, the technology could enable all sorts of peer-to-peer mobile apps that aren't possible today -- such as using your phone as a credit card substitute.

Now what: NFC remains a nascent market, but it's one that both Google and Apple are interested in. That's good news for an infrastructure supplier like NXP.

Not just NXP, of course. But ask investors who they'd bet on and my guess is they'd say NXP. The stock made 10% or better moves in both January and December.

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