What Are The Chances Of Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) Becoming A Clear Buy?

After Hours

There may be slightly higher risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading than during regular market hours. Due to the fact that issuers often announce critical financial information outside of regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities. After-hours trades for Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$1.97, or -2.24%, to $86.15. Volume reached 550,801 shares, with price reaching a high of $89.1408 and a low of $86.42. The stock was recently discussed on Yahoo Finance as it revealed that Applied Materials Announces Cash Dividend.

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Stocks Info

As a NASDAQ listed company, AMAT falls under the Technology sector while operating within the Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry segment. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $87.09 and fluctuated between $91.26 as its day high and $87.05 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Applied Materials Inc. is $74.97B. A total of 6.91 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 7.00M shares.

Insider Activity

Aside from predicting where a stock will go, investors also consider insider trades as an indicator of the stock’s future direction. During the recent three months, AMAT has seen 0 BUY and 3 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 0 and the disposition of 43,131 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 31 BUYs and 20 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 530,220 shares during that period but sold 839,579.

In the most recent transaction, Deane Timothy M sold 29 shares of AMAT for 91.46 per share on Sep 14. After the transaction, the GVP, Applied Global Services now owns 87,532 company shares. In a previous transaction on Jul 07, Little Teri A. sold 10,000 shares at 89.50 per share. AMAT shares that SVP, CLO owns now total 83,169.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Little Teri A. disposed of 15,000 shares on Jul 06 at a per-share price of $86.30. This resulted in the SVP, CLO holding 93,169 shares of AMAT after the transaction. In another insider transaction, DICKERSON GARY E sold 300,000 shares at $152.79 per share on Dec 01. Company shares held by the President and CEO now total 1,668,504.


Investors prefer companies that pay dividends because dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate a positive outlook. Applied Materials Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.04, resulting in a dividend yield of 1.19%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 11.65. AMAT’s most recent ex-dividend date was 11/23/2022 when it declared a $0.26 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 12/15/2022. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 09/15/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 08/24/2022. The dividend was $0.26 per share in cash.

In spite of price targets being rarely accurate, it tends to exert some kind influence from time to time, and was often accepted by the market as having some value. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for AMAT in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $128.36 with high estimates of $158.00 and low estimates of $95.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, AMAT has a high of $167.06 and a low of $82.67.

As of this writing, AMAT has an earnings estimate of $2.0 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 10 estimates, with a high estimate of $2.04 per share and a lower estimate of $2.0. The company reported an EPS of $1.94 in the last quarter, which was 8.99% higher than expectations of $1.78.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

The balance sheet of a company shows what assets and liabilities a company has, as well as the amount, equity investors have invested. With the help of this information, a company’s financial ratios can be calculated to give investors an overview of the company’s prospects. AMAT’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $5.46B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $5.75B in debt and $6.34B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $13.97, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $12.25B.

Analysts Opinion

The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Currently, 29 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for AMAT is Sell with a score of 4.32. A total of 18 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 4 rated it as Overweight while 7 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 0 thought it should be Sold.

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