Applied Materials (
AMAT Quick Quote AMAT - Free Report) closed at $152.45 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.91% move from the prior day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.92%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.51%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.54%.
Coming into today, shares of the maker of chipmaking equipment had gained 1.69% in the past month. In that same time, the Computer and Technology sector lost 5.93%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.85%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Applied Materials as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect Applied Materials to post earnings of $1.85 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 33.09%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $6.16 billion, up 19.41% from the year-ago period.
AMAT's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $8.13 per share and revenue of $26.54 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +18.86% and +15.06%, respectively.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for Applied Materials. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.
Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.44% higher. Applied Materials currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Valuation is also important, so investors should note that Applied Materials has a Forward P/E ratio of 18.39 right now. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 18.85.
We can also see that AMAT currently has a PEG ratio of 1.57. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.14 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 105, which puts it in the top 42% of all 250+ industries.
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