Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) was the recipient of a significant growth in short interest in the month of September. As of September 14th, there was short interest totalling 16,155,438 shares, a growth of 12.3% from the August 31st total of 14,385,573 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 15,093,746 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.1 days. Currently, 1.6% of the company’s shares are short sold.
A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of AMAT. Royal London Asset Management Ltd. acquired a new position in shares of Applied Materials during the second quarter worth $20,209,000. SP Asset Management acquired a new position in shares of Applied Materials during the second quarter worth $922,000. HRT Financial LLC acquired a new position in shares of Applied Materials during the second quarter worth $1,287,000. LFA Lugano Financial Advisors SA acquired a new position in shares of Applied Materials during the second quarter worth $177,000. Finally, HM Payson & Co. increased its position in shares of Applied Materials by 8.0% during the second quarter. HM Payson & Co. now owns 301,758 shares of the manufacturing equipment provider’s stock worth $13,938,000 after purchasing an additional 22,259 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 77.16% of the company’s stock.
Applied Materials stock opened at $38.26 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.67, a current ratio of 2.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78. The firm has a market cap of $38.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.82, a P/E/G ratio of 0.80 and a beta of 1.53. Applied Materials has a twelve month low of $37.39 and a twelve month high of $62.40.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 23rd will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 21st. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.09%. Applied Materials’s dividend payout ratio is currently 24.62%.
A number of analysts recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub upgraded Applied Materials from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 18th. Bank of America lowered their price target on Applied Materials from $70.00 to $65.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, August 17th. Citigroup lowered their price target on Applied Materials from $73.00 to $68.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, August 17th. Nomura lowered their price target on Applied Materials from $65.00 to $60.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Evercore ISI lowered their price target on Applied Materials to $65.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $62.09.
Applied Materials Company Profile
Applied Materials, Inc provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, display, and related industries worldwide. It operates through three segments: Semiconductor Systems, Applied Global Services, and Display and Adjacent Markets. The Semiconductor Systems segment develops, manufactures, and sells a range of manufacturing equipment used to fabricate semiconductor chips or integrated circuits.
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