ASML held back by stalled sales of big earning tools

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Semiconductor equipment maker ASML Holding NV ASML.AS sounded a note of caution over sales of its newest tools worth $200 million apiece on Wednesday, as it delivered better-than-expected earnings and forecast double-digit growth next year.

FILE PHOTO: ASML Holding logo is seen at company’s headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Januari 23, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

ASML is depending on the likes of chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd 2330.TW, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS and Intel Corp INTC.O to sell its most advanced “EUV” or extreme ultraviolet, machines, which use energy beams to map out circuitry of computer chips.

Intel said in July it was six months behind on plans to make its next generation of chips.

ASML Chief Financial Officer Roger Dassen said the company would likely be “a few systems shy” of selling a targeted 35 of the machines this year, due to customers not being

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USGS Director James Reilly released a study on polar bears he had stalled for months on Friday

In response to the Post report, Reilly sent an email to his staff the next day, saying his decision to delay was justified because he wanted to be “satisfied” with its underlying science before making it public.

The study, which had been obtained by The Post last month, notes that shrinking sea ice in the Arctic threatens the survival of polar bears while enhancing the opportunity for fossil fuel exploration there. “The long-term persistence of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) is threatened by sea-ice loss due to climate change, which is concurrently providing an opportunity in the Arctic for increased anthropogenic activities including natural resource extraction,” it said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had been seeking the report’s release for at least three months, according to several individuals briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The agency is legally required

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Stalled Talks Over Covid-19 Stimulus in the U.S. Show Signs of Life

Released just as Britain is imposing new restrictions in response to a surge of cases, the app, called “NHS Covid-19,” uses technology created by Apple and Google to anonymously log when a person comes into close contact with another user of the app. If a person tests positive for the coronavirus, the app sends an alert to those they have come into contact with to get tested and quarantine.

The app, now available in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, also has a way for people to “check in” at restaurants, bars and other locations they visit by scanning a bar code, another measure to help track down individuals who have been exposed to the virus.

The release of the app follows various delays and challenges. The government had initially vowed to build an app without help from Apple or Google, saying it would offer more flexibility to track

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