NEW YORK, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT: $13) has been picked by S&P Capital IQ as its Focus Stock of the Week. AMAT carries S&P Capital IQ's highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. "We think all of AMAT's business segments should improve from current levels in the coming months," said Angelo Zino, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ. "While we believe the company's Silicon segment has already shown signs of rebounding from trough levels, we expect to see order improvement from both the display and solar-related businesses as the calendar year progresses. We anticipate that foundry and flash memory companies will be the key drivers in the projected rebound for AMAT's semiconductor equipment business." To view a video of Mr. Zino discussing AMAT paste the following link into your browser. http://link.delvenetworks.com/media/?mediaId=7ed3669377304b169d0b78ad81224f21&width=480&height=321&playerForm=LVPPlayer&autoplay=trueAbout S&P Capital IQ S&P Capital IQ, a brand of the McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is a leading provider of multi-asset class data, research and analytics to institutional investors, investment advisors and wealth managers around the world. We provide a broad suite of capabilities designed to help track performance, generate alpha, identify new trading and investment ideas, and perform risk analysis and mitigation strategies. Through leading desktop solutions such as Capital IQ, Global Credit Portal and MarketScope Advisor desktops; enterprise solutions such as S&P Securities Evaluations, Global Data Solutions, and Compustat; and research offerings including Leveraged Commentary & Data, Global Market Intelligence, and company and fund research, S&P Capital IQ sharpens financial intelligence into the wisdom today's investors need. For more information contact:Marc Eiger, Communications, Tel.: firstname.lastname@example.org All information provided by S&P Capital IQ is impersonal and not tailored to the needs of any person, entity or group of persons. Past performance is no indication of future results. S&P Capital IQ and its affiliates provide a wide range of services to, or relating to, many organizations, including issuers of securities, investment advisers, broker-dealers, investment banks, other financial institutions and financial intermediaries, and accordingly may receive fees or other economic benefits from those organizations, including organizations whose securities or services they may recommend, rate, include in model portfolios, evaluate or otherwise address.