2. As of noon trading, Applied Materials ( AMAT) is down $0.10 (-0.6%) to $17.40 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Applied Materials exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.39-$17.54 after having opened the day at $17.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.51.

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 53.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Applied Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Applied Materials as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Applied Materials Ratings Report now.

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