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August 15, 2014
11:42 EDTAMAT, LRCX, KLIC, KLACApplied Materials rises following strong profit, gross margin, order growth
Shares of semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials (AMAT) are advancing after posting strong third quarter profit, adjusted gross margin, and order growth. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Applied Materials reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 28c and revenue of $2.27B, compared to analysts’ consensus estimates of 27c and $2.29B, respectively. Q3 adjusted gross margin came in at 45.5%, up 260 basis points year-over-year, and up 130 basis points sequentially. Q3 orders of $2.48B, increased 24% year-over-year led by SSG year-over-year order growth of $362M. President and CEO Gary Dickerson said, “We have focused our strategy and investments in areas that have the largest impact for customers while driving improvements in execution and speed across the company. With these actions, we have improved our operating margins for seven quarters in a row and are making substantial progress towards our long-term financial model." WHAT’S NOTABLE: For the fourth quarter, Applied Materials expects adjusted EPS of 25c-29c, versus consensus of 26c. Q4 revenue is expected to be approximately flat, plus or minus 3% sequentially, and up by approximately 10%-17% from the year-ago period, compared to consensus of $2.28B. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Applied Materials rose $1.04, or about 5%, to $22.19 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 45% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the semiconductor equipment space include Lam Research (LRCX), Kulicke and Soffa (KLIC), and KLA-Tencor (KLAC).
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October 23, 2014
16:48 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor up 14% after-hours following Q1 earnings report, special dividend
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16:27 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor increases stock buyback program to additional 3.6M shares
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16:26 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor announces special dividend of $16.50 per share
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16:24 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor reports Q1 EPS 47c, consensus 46c
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15:30 EDTKLACNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:42 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor technical comments before results
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09:27 EDTLRCXLam Research remains a top pick for 2015 at Goldman
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October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTLRCXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
16:52 EDTLRCXLam Research down 3.3% after reporting Q3 results
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16:16 EDTLRCXLam Research sees Q2 EPS $1.12 plus or minus 7c, consensus $1.16
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16:15 EDTLRCXLam Research reports Q1 EPS 96c, consensus 93c
Reports Q1 revenue $1.15B, consensus $1.15B.
15:30 EDTLRCXNotable companies reporting after market close
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06:12 EDTAMAT, KLACKLA-Tencor removed from Focus List at Citigroup
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October 16, 2014
07:54 EDTAMATApplied Materials weakness creates buying opportunity, says Stifel
Stifel believes that Applied Materials' (AMAT) fundamental story has not changed, while the weakness in the shares is an overreaction to certain issues, including the Microchip (MCHP) preannouncement. Stifel expects the company to benefit from strong WFE spending in 2015 and increasing capital intensity trends in the chip sector. The firm keeps a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:39 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:08 EDTAMATApplied Materials implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTLRCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:22 EDTLRCXLam Research upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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