News headlines about Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Applied Materials earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the manufacturing equipment provider an impact score of 45.9193522203539 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Applied Materials (AMAT) traded up $0.05 on Tuesday, hitting $49.55. The company had a trading volume of 12,880,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 13,610,000. The firm has a market cap of $52,200.00, a PE ratio of 15.63, a P/E/G ratio of 0.94 and a beta of 1.72. The company has a current ratio of 3.14, a quick ratio of 2.43 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57. Applied Materials has a 1-year low of $34.58 and a 1-year high of $60.89.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) last announced its 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. The firm had revenue of $3.97 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.93 billion. Applied Materials had a return on equity of 41.51% and a net margin of 23.62%. Applied Materials’s quarterly revenue was up 20.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.66 EPS. equities analysts expect that Applied Materials will post 4.04 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 14th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.81%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 20th. Applied Materials’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 12.62%.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on AMAT. Vetr downgraded Applied Materials from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $61.08 target price for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Nomura reissued a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 target price (up from $55.00) on shares of Applied Materials in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Deutsche Bank increased their target price on Applied Materials from $58.00 to $65.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Needham & Company LLC increased their target price on Applied Materials to $66.00 and gave the stock a “positive” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group increased their target price on Applied Materials from $62.00 to $72.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $62.56.

In other Applied Materials news, Director Stephen R. Forrest sold 5,000 shares of the 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 the SEC website. Also, VP Omkaram Nalamasu sold 53,466 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.00, for a total value of $2,833,698.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 312,716 shares of company stock worth $16,218,746. 0.35% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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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