While I am bullish, analyst opinion is mixed. Most of the analysts surveyed don't believe a buy or a sell is currently warranted. Today, Applied Materials has seven buy recommendations out of 17 analysts covering the company, eight holds, and two recommend selling. The stock appreciated 8% in the last year, and the average analyst target price is $14.38.

Short sellers are not excited about the prospect of a price fall. The last reported short interest is only 1.3% of the average trading float.

Blackstone ( BX)

Background: The Blackstone Group provides alternative asset management and financial advisory services worldwide. Founded in 1985, it is headquartered in New York.

52 Week Range: $11.13 to $21.09

Book Value: $9.83

Earnings Payout Percentage: 3%

Blackstone pays 72 cents annually in dividend payments. The yield based on a recent price is 8.5%.

Shares are modestly higher from a month ago and are near support on the weekly chart. Blackstone is making news with a possible control of Multi-Corp ( MULI) after buying more than half of Muli's corporate debt. This could give Blackstone additional exposure in Europe. BX Dividend Yield Chart BX Dividend Yield data by YCharts

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