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Stocks Under Review Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)

17 February 2017, 06:44 | Winifred Adams

Stocks Under Review Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)

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"Yes, the company's guide tacitly implies some moderation in orders from this record level, but in our 20 years covering this stock we have never heard the company talk so bullishly about the out year (2018)". These ICs are the key components in most advanced electronic products such as computers, telecommunications devices, automotive engine management systems and electronic games. RBC Capital Markets boosted their target price on shares of Applied Materials from $30.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock a sector perform rating in a research report on Thursday. The company has 1 year Price Target of $38.23.

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the global semiconductor, display and related industries. With the two new records, the company was able to generate $646 million in cash from operations and returned $238 million to shareholders through stock repurchases and cash dividends.

Applied Materials, Inc. closed its last trading session at $35.23 with the gain of 0.74%. The manufacturing equipment provider reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.01.

The firm is trading with SMA20 of 2.26 Percent, SMA50 of 6.21 Percent and SMA200 of 25.12 percent.

The company shows its Return on Assets (ROA) value of 12.6%. The company shows Gross Margin and Operating Margin of 41.7 percent and 19.9 percent respectively. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a "conviction-buy" rating and set a $33.00 target price on shares of Applied Materials in a research note on Friday, September 23rd. The latest exchange of 17.23 Million shares is below its average trading activity of 9.92 Million shares. Stock to Neutral. Another firm also rated the stock on 28-Jun-16 where Susquehanna Upgrade the stock to Neutral.

Currently, the stock carries a price to earnings ratio of 22.85, a price to book ratio of 5.33, and a price to sales ratio of 3.55. The original version of this story can be viewed at https://www.chaffeybreeze.com/2017/02/16/bank-of-america-corporation-analysts-give-applied-materials-inc-amat-a-40-00-price-target.html. The median estimate represents a +4.25% increase from the last price of 35.49. The report will be for the fiscal Quarter ending Jan 2017. Recently, investment analysts covering the stock have updated the mean rating to 1.9. For the past 5 years, the company's revenue has grown 0.6%, while the company's earnings per share has grown 1.3%.

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Microsoft is a technology company. The Energy and Environmental Solutions segment includes systems for manufacturing wafer-based crystalline silicon cells and modules.

The Applied Global Services segment encompasses services, products and solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity. These analysts have also projected a Low Estimate of $0.63/share and a High Estimate of $0.67/share.

Our vendor, Zacks Investment Research, hasn't provided us with the upcoming earnings report date. The stock hit 1-yearhigh at $65.72 and a low of $47.70 in the same period. The firm touched its 52-Week high on Jan 27, 2017 and 52-Week low on Jun 27, 2016. It has a past 5-day performance of 2.5 percent and trades at an average volume of 24.86M shares. There were about 7.73B shares outstanding which made its market cap $499.13B.

Earnings surprise history: Last quarter, the company posted approximately $3.3 billion in revenue and EPS of $0.66. The difference between the actual and Estimated EPS is $0.04. The stock has a weekly performance of -0.31 percent and is 9.98 percent year-to-date as of the recent close. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, first quarter gross margin increased 3.0 points year over year to 45.4 percent, operating margin grew 8.2 points year over year to 26.0 percent, and diluted EPS grew by 158 percent year over year to $0.67.

In other Applied Materials news, Director Dennis D. Powell sold 21,017 shares of Applied Materials stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 3rd.



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