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Silicon Valley's Best Chip Stocks of the Bull Market

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Semiconductors are synonymous with Silicon Valley. Chip makers started popping up at the southern end of San Francisco Bay as early as the 1950s. A big draw back then as now: Stanford University and its bevy of researchers and research facilities. Today, seven of the biggest publicly traded semiconductor companies still call Silicon Valley home, with headquarters in such tech-friendly California cities as Santa Clara and San Jose.

Despite the steady decline in computer sales in recent years -- semiconductors are the brains inside PCs -- all seven of these chip stocks have performed well during the current long-running bull market. In fact, six of the seven have handily outpaced the 348% total return (including dividends) of Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index since March 9, 2009. The seventh isn't far behind.

But some Silicon Valley chip stocks have performed significantly better than others over the past eight-and-a-half years. Four of the seven have even beaten the remarkable 530% total return of the Nasdaq-100 Index, which is made up of the largest non-financial stocks listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market by market capitalization. Check out Silicon Valley's best semiconductor stocks of the bull market.

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Return data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Prices and returns as of Oct. 13, 2017. Due to the multiple share classes issued by some companies, the Nasdaq-100 Index currently consists of 107 stocks. Market capitalization represents share price multiplied by the number of shares outstanding. The seven stocks on this list, which represent the seven semiconductor companies included in the Nasdaq-100 that are headquartered in Silicon Valley, are listed in order of total returns during the current bull market, from lowest percentage return to highest.

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