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Robots, and the “Amazon Effect, are quickly changing our lives and investments.” Over the past five years, semiconductors (SMH) have significantly outperformed real estate (VNQ) and the S&P 500 (SPY).

In fact, the semiconductor 3x ETF (SOXL) delivered 780%, well over double Amazon’s (AMZN) total return of 333%.

ETF PM currently has long positions in SMH and SOXL.

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January Semiconductor Sales Up 14 Percent Compared to Last Year

Year-to-year growth is market’s largest since November 2010; month-to-month sales decrease slightly

SIA, 3/6/17

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $30.6 billion for the month of January 2017, an increase of 13.9 percent compared to the January 2016 total of $26.9 billion. Global sales in January were 1.2 percent lower than the December 2016 total of $31.0 billion, reflecting normal seasonal market trends. January marked the global market’s largest year-to-year growth since November 2010. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average.

“The global semiconductor industry is off to a strong and encouraging start to 2017, posting its highest-ever January sales and largest year-to-year sales increase in more than six years,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association.” Sales into the China market increased by more than 20 percent year-to-year, and most other regional markets posted double-digit growth. Following the industry’s highest-ever revenue in 2016, the global market is well-positioned for a strong start to 2017.”

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