Earnings Outlook: What will chip makers say about the trade war?

Chip-company executives will to have to address an elephant in the room on conference calls this earnings season as the industry grapples with growing trade tensions with one of its largest customers, China.

Last week, the White House threatened to slap tariffs on another $200 billion in goods imported from China if the country retaliated for U.S. tariffs already levied. So far, China has held off on imposing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. tech products, but those products, which are so important to China’s own tech industry, will likely get included if the country seeks dollar-for-dollar retaliation.

China, however, has demonstrated other tactics against U.S.

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