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Trump tariff salvo triggers anxiety for US chipmakers

Jul 05 , 2018

When billions of dollars in new US tariffs against China come into effect on Friday, just $250m worth of chips will be hit. But the levies have triggered deeper anxieties among US semiconductor companies about disruption to their close trade links with China — as well as worries that Washington is shooting at the wrong target in trying to protect a key part of the American technology industry.

A reminder of the high stakes came on Tuesday, as news spread of a preliminary injunction from a Chinese court banning some sales in China by Idaho-based Micron Technology, whose memory chips are used in many smartphones, computers and other devices. Fears that the company would be at least partially shut out of a market that accounted for about half its revenues last year sent Micron’s shares down more than 5 per cent on Tuesday.

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