AMD’s well may be running dry
The high-flying Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of 2006 has given way to a company in financial peril, saddled with debt and bleeding from a brutal price battle with its larger and suddenly resurgent Silicon Valley archrival, Intel Corp.
AMD finds itself the subject of rumors of a possible takeover or private-equity cash infusion. While it wasn’t long ago that AMD was stealing a big slice of the microprocessor market and emerging as a long-term threat to Intel, those very gains may have left AMD’s well running dry.
Though the price competition has cut into both chip makers’ profits, Wall Street has punished AMD’s stock particularly hard.