News coverage about Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Applied Materials earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the manufacturing equipment provider an impact score of 46.1704176471857 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Applied Materials (NASDAQ AMAT) traded up $0.33 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $57.79. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 8,803,874 shares, compared to its average volume of 11,290,000. The company has a market cap of $61,050.00, a P/E ratio of 18.23, a PEG ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 1.81. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, a current ratio of 3.14 and a quick ratio of 2.43. Applied Materials has a 52-week low of $33.56 and a 52-week high of $60.89.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The manufacturing equipment provider reported $0.93 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.91 by $0.02. Applied Materials had a return on equity of 41.51% and a net margin of 23.62%. The firm had revenue of $3.97 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.93 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.66 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 20.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Applied Materials will post 4.04 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 14th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 21st will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 20th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.69%. Applied Materials’s dividend payout ratio is presently 12.62%.

AMAT has been the subject of several recent research reports. Wells Fargo & Co initiated coverage on Applied Materials in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $65.00 price target for the company. Vetr downgraded Applied Materials from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price target for the company. in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Applied Materials from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, December 15th. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $71.00 price target on shares of Applied Materials in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Bank of America upped their price target on Applied Materials from $65.00 to $76.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Twenty-four investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $62.76.

In other news, Director Stephen R. Forrest sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.00, for a total transaction of $290,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Ali Salehpour sold 125,125 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Saturday, December 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.47, for a total value of $6,440,183.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 312,716 shares of company stock worth $16,218,746 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 0.31% of the company’s stock.

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About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc provides manufacturing equipment, services and software to the global semiconductor, display and related industries. The Company’s segments are Semiconductor Systems, which includes semiconductor capital equipment for etch, rapid thermal processing, deposition, chemical mechanical planarization, metrology and inspection, wafer packaging, and ion implantation; Applied Global Services, which provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity; Display and Adjacent Markets, which includes products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays, organic light-emitting diodes, upgrades and roll-to-roll Web coating systems and other display technologies for televisions, personal computers, smart phones and other consumer-oriented devices, and Corporate and Other segment, which includes revenues from products, as well as costs of products sold for fabricating solar photovoltaic cells and modules, and certain operating expenses.

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