Deep Dive: Semiconductor stocks, including Nvidia, can be long-term winners too

Expectations will be high when chip maker Nvidia Corp., whose shares more than tripled last year, reports quarterly earnings after Thursday’s stock market close. So we wanted to review the semiconductor sector for key metrics. The data show quite a lot for investors to cheer about.

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The PHLX Semiconductor Index SOX, +0.16% includes 30 companies ranging in size from Intel Corp. INTC, +0.08% with a market value of $172 billion, to Silicon Motion Technology Corp., valued at $1.4 billion.

Here are some comparisons between the index’s performance against the S&P 500 SPX, +0.07% First, here are total returns over the past three years (through Feb.

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