Tuesday, July 10, 2018

TSMC Trade War Comments Hint Ahead Of Earnings Season

TSMC's founder's comments may have given us a real-time read into the trade war impacts on current business.

We have been bulled up on Q2 tech stock earnings. Since doing the work on our companies though trade war shots could have spooked Q3 company ordering decisions which would change the strong potential Q2 trend.

We don't think Q3 will be weak but we're listening for any early evidence of any companies talking about what they're seeing in Q3. Those Q3 changes can affect the stock prices and sentiment.

TSMC Has Helped Us In The Past

We've successfully used TSMC comments to give us conviction ahead of AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) and NVDIA's (NASDAQ:NDVA) quarters last quarter.

TSMC was just out implying that they see no change in business from the trade war.

Yes they are worried about the risks of the trade war but if you listen carefully to what they said, we'd guess they are not seeing any weakness just yet.

TSMC founder Morris Chang said, "Currently, businesses are not yet actors in this reality show but they could be added into the casting anytime."

That means to us, in Mr. Chang's view business has not slowed because of the trade war yet.

He went on to say, "TSMC is still doing well but we need to be on alert."

That implies to us they are not seeing orders pulled yet in Q3.

Conclusion

Earnings begin to report next week. We want to listen carefully if there's been any trade war induced slowdown in the tech supply chain.

We've said previously that we think the accelerated pace of revenue growth in Q2 could soften any Q3 blow given the trends coming into this trade war were so strong.

On the one hand we're early and would guess not much trade-war induced slowdown happened. On the other hand we want our ears on the train tracks listening for any change. That can help bias our positioning going into key earnings reports.

Mr. Chang's "on alert" sounds right.

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