News articles about ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ASML earned a news impact score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.8999221689486 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Several analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $228.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday. BidaskClub raised shares of ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price objective on shares of ASML to $210.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Thursday. They noted that the move was a valuation call. B. Riley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $166.00 price objective on shares of ASML in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised shares of ASML from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, January 15th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $196.29.

Shares of ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) traded up $2.16 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $205.52. 1,120,000 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,010,000. The firm has a market cap of $88,120.00, a PE ratio of 34.25, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.35 and a beta of 1.14. ASML has a twelve month low of $119.83 and a twelve month high of $206.03. The company has a quick ratio of 1.78, a current ratio of 2.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.77 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.25 by $0.52. The business had revenue of $2.56 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.15 billion. ASML had a net margin of 24.28% and a return on equity of 21.16%. The business’s revenue was up 34.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.23 EPS. equities analysts forecast that ASML will post 7.31 EPS for the current year.

ASML declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share repurchase plan on Wednesday, January 17th that allows the company to buyback outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the semiconductor company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are often a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

The firm also recently announced an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 30th will be given a dividend of $1.7181 per share. This is a positive change from ASML’s previous annual dividend of $0.71. The ex-dividend date is Friday, April 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.84%. ASML’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 18.50%.

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About ASML

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services.

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