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August 15, 2014
11:42 EDTKLIC, LRCX, KLAC, AMATApplied 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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May 28, 2015
07:19 EDTLRCX, AMATCowen to hold a conference
43rd Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on May 27-28 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 28 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 26, 2015
10:12 EDTLRCXLam Research management to meet with Pacific Crest
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06:11 EDTAMATApplied Materials implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
May 22, 2015
08:33 EDTAMAT, KLAC, LRCXSeveral companies to benefit from GLOBALFOUNDRIES capex, says Pacific Crest
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May 21, 2015
06:12 EDTAMATApplied Materials implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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May 19, 2015
09:08 EDTLRCXLam Research recommended on higher 3D NAND spending at Goldman
Goldman reiterates its Conviction Buy rating on Lam Research given potential for higher 3D NAND spending in 2H. The firm expects the secular transition to 3D NAND and aggressive capital allocation to re-rate shares. Goldman's price target on Lam Research is $91.
May 18, 2015
16:10 EDTLRCXLam Research raises quarterly dividend 67% to 30c per share
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May 15, 2015
16:51 EDTLRCXGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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11:57 EDTLRCX, KLAC, AMATApplied Materials jumps after reporting highest revenue in three years
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10:40 EDTAMATStocks with call strike movement; MU AMAT
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09:11 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bsquare (BSQR), up 34.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL), up 13% after being initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX), up 7.4% after announcing FDA approval of Treximet for use in pediatric patients... Advaxis (ADXS), up 4.4% after being initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.3% following a Bloomberg report that the company is in talks to enter China's online video market... Inovalon (INOV), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 12.8%... King Digital (KING), down 8.3%. ALSO LOWER: PlasmaTech (PTBI), down 5.4% after filing to sell 1.93M shares for selling stockholders... Paycom Software (PAYC), down 7% after 8M share Spot Secondary priced at $36.25... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 5.9% after Keurig Kold investor presentation... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.4% after CFO transition... Celladon (CLDN), down 5.1% after the CEO says that the company is evaluating strategic options.
08:33 EDTAMATApplied Materials reported strong Q2 results, says Pacific Crest
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06:30 EDTAMATApplied Materials outlook positive, downside limited, says Piper Jaffray
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