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Semiconductor Industry Index Rises: A 5.7% jump in computer chip orders sent an indicator of the industry's health up in November, the Semiconductor Industry Assn. reported. The book-to-bill ratio--which compares figures for bookings, or orders, with billings, or product shipments--increased to 1.00. It was 0.96 in October. November's bookings were $1.325 billion, up from October's $1.254 billion. Billings rose 1.6% to $1.328 billion from October's $1.307 billion.

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