Technology stocks were firming in recent trading, with the shares of tech stocks in the S&P 500 adding nearly 0.5% in value while the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index was rising almost 1.5%.
Among technology stocks moving on news:
(+) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSM) was fractionally higher after Tuesday introducing its next-generation, 6-nanometer process, marking a significant enhancement over its existing technology and fueling market speculation the process will be used in the next version of chips running Apple (AAPL) iPhones. Taiwan Semiconductor has been Apple's primary chip supplier for several years.
In other sector news:
(+) Western Digital (WDC) rose 5% after a Deutsche Bank upgrade of the data storage company to buy to hold. The brokerage also increased its price on the company's stock by $15 to $60 a share.
(-) Electronic Arts (EA) fell nearly 5% after rolling out an update to fix a security flaw with its Origin online gaming platform, TechCrunch reported Tuesday. The UK-based cybersecurity firm Underdog Security found that when the Origin app is installed on Windows it could be manipulated by an attacker and making it possible to steal a user's account access.
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