Media coverage about Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Applied Materials earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news articles about the manufacturing equipment provider an impact score of 74 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected AlphaOne’s analysis:

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Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) traded down 0.12% during trading on Friday, hitting $43.11. 10,775,074 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $46.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.83 and a beta of 1.81. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $44.06 and its 200-day moving average price is $37.73. Applied Materials has a 52-week low of $22.17 and a 52-week high of $47.86.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 18th. The manufacturing equipment provider reported $0.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $3.55 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.54 billion. Applied Materials had a net margin of 20.41% and a return on equity of 38.28%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 44.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.34 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Applied Materials will post $3.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 14th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 22nd. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.93%. Applied Materials’s payout ratio is currently 16.46%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on AMAT. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 price objective on shares of Applied Materials in a research note on Saturday, February 18th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $35.00 price objective on shares of Applied Materials in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Bank of America Corporation reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $54.00 price objective (up previously from $45.00) on shares of Applied Materials in a research note on Wednesday, May 17th. Needham & Company LLC increased their price objective on shares of Applied Materials from $43.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $47.00 price objective (up previously from $37.00) on shares of Applied Materials in a research note on Sunday, May 21st. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $44.75.

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