Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) shares, rose in value on Thursday, May 25, with the stock price up by 4.79% to the previous day’s close as strong demand from buyers drove the stock to $127.56.
Actively observing the price movement in the recent trading, the stock is buoying the session at $121.73, falling within a range of $120.18 and $122.62. The value of beta (5-year monthly) is 1.60 whereas the PE ratio is 16.06 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $132.06, and the low was $71.12. On the whole, AMAT has fluctuated by 15.64% over the past month.
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With the market capitalization of Applied Materials Inc. currently standing at about $105.28 billion, investors are eagerly awaiting this quarter’s results, scheduled for Aug 17, 2023 – Aug 18, 2023. The company’s Forward Dividend Ratio is 1.28, with its dividend yield at 1.05%. As a result, investors might want to see an improvement in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $1.74, which is expected to increase to $1.83 for fiscal year $7.37 and then to about $7.04 by fiscal year 2024. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be -4.30% in 2024, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be -4.50%.
Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $6.16 billion, with a low estimate of $6.1 billion and a high estimate of $6.23 billion. According to the average forecast, sales growth in current quarter could jump down -5.60%, compared to the corresponding quarter of last year. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2024, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $25.31 billion, representing a decrease of -1.90% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.
Revisions could be a useful indicator to get insight on short-term price movement; so for the company, there were 9 upward and no downward review(s) in last seven days. We see that AMAT’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a 100% Buy on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 100% Buy while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Buy.
The stock’s technical analysis shows that the PEG ratio is about 1.21, with the price of AMAT currently trading nearly 7.85% and 8.52% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 63.53, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 2.61% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 2.40%. Furthermore, Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT)’s beta value is 1.58, and its average true range (ATR) is 3.63. The company’s stock has been forecasted to trade at an average price of $138.36 over the course of the next 52 weeks, with a low of $100.00 and a high of $160.00. Based on these price targets, the low is 21.61% off current price, whereas the price has to move -25.43% to reach the yearly target high. Additionally, analysts’ median price of $140.00 is likely to be welcomed by investors because it represents a decrease of -9.75% from the current levels.
A comparison of Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. AMAT showed an intraday change of 4.79% in today’s session so far, and over the past year, it grew by 19.68%%. In comparison, Broadcom Inc. (AVGO) has moved higher at 2.26% today and is up 32.57% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) has fallen -1.29% today. The stock, however, is off -20.88% from where it was a year ago. Additionally, there is a gain of 9.38% for Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) in recent trading while the stock has seen an overall depriciation of 29.91%% over the past year. The PE ratio stands at 16.06 for Applied Materials Inc., compared to 22.85 for Broadcom Inc., and 10.96 for QUALCOMM Incorporated. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the today’s session so far shows that it gained 0.63%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Slipped by -0.25%.
Data on historical trading for Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 10 days have averaged 6.25 million and over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 6.24 million. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 845.00 million shares outstanding.
Nearly 0.35% of Applied Materials Inc.’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 79.90% of the company’s shares. The data on short interest also indicates that stock shorts accounted for 10.37 million shares as on Apr 27, 2023, resulting in a short ratio of 1.75. According to the data, the short interest in Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) stood at 1.23% of shares outstanding as of Apr 27, 2023; the number of short shares registered in Mar 30, 2023 reached 15.26 million. The stock has risen by 30.99% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the AMAT stock heading into the next quarter.