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AMD Exceeds Greatest of Expectations, Again

Chipmaker's first-quarter earnings obliterate analyst estimates.

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Once known as Intel's (INTC) perennial whipping boy, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is giving the leader of the personal-computer microprocessor market a legitimate run for its money.

Driven by strong demand across the board, AMD's first-quarter earnings were good enough to make even the staunchest skeptics take heart. The chipmaker reported earnings of $1.15 per share, or 120% better than the average $0.52-per-share analyst estimate compiled by First Call. These results were driven by impressive sales growth and margin improvements. Sales grew by more than 70% over the first quarter of 1999, and the company's profit margins were 17%-- much better than its margins over the past few quarters.

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