Trade-Ideas: Applied Materials (AMAT) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Applied Materials ( AMAT) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Applied Materials as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AMAT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $221.6 million.
  • AMAT is up 2% today from today's close.

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More details on AMAT:

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.9%. AMAT has a PE ratio of 29.4. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Applied Materials a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Applied Materials has been 13.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Applied has a market cap of $25.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The stock has a beta of 1.79 and a short float of 6.4% with 7.39 days to cover. Shares are up 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Applied Materials as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 8.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Although AMAT's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. To add to this, AMAT has a quick ratio of 1.58, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • APPLIED MATERIALS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, APPLIED MATERIALS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.21 versus $0.06 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.06 versus $0.21).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income increased by 303.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$129.00 million to $262.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 95.08% to $437.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, APPLIED MATERIALS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.39%.

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