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Applied Materials (AMAT) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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Applied Materials (AMAT - Free Report) closed at $32.74 in the latest trading session, marking a +1.11% move from the prior day. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.85%. At the same time, the Dow added 1.15%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.77%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the maker of chipmaking equipment had lost 11.38% over the past month. This has lagged the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 7.6% and the S&P 500's loss of 9.35% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from AMAT as it approaches its next earnings release, which is expected to be February 13, 2019. On that day, AMAT is projected to report earnings of $0.79 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 25.47%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $3.72 billion, down 11.57% from the year-ago period.

AMAT's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $3.46 per share and revenue of $15.45 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of -22.25% and -10.47%, respectively.

It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for AMAT. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. 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.

The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 2.18% lower. AMAT is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Digging into valuation, AMAT currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 9.36. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 9.67.

Investors should also note that AMAT has a PEG ratio of 1.09 right now. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.09 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication industry is part of the Computer and Technology sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 188, putting it in the bottom 27% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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