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August 15, 2014
11:42 EDTKLAC, AMAT, KLIC, LRCXApplied 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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January 27, 2015
10:00 EDTKLACOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:58 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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January 25, 2015
17:30 EDTLRCXDelta Air Lines, Ford, four others could shine this year, Barron's says
Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ford (F), Discover (DFS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Lam Research (LRCX), and Micron Technology (MU) could all provide growth at a reasonable price this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
11:51 EDTAMATStocks with call strike movement; HAL AMAT
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11:14 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor has a new potential bearish pattern
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06:20 EDTAMATApplied Materials, Tokyo Electron look to secure approval of combination
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January 22, 2015
18:28 EDTKLACOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:52 EDTAMAT, LRCX, KLACSemiconductor equipment stocks weaker after KLA-Tencor guidance
Shares of semiconductor equipment stocks are weaker in after-hours trading after KLA-Tencor (KLAC), which designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions, issued third quarter guidance that was below consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: KLA-Tencor reported second quarter earnings per share of 68c on revenue of $676.4M. Both Q2 EPS and revenue were higher than analyst estimates of 52c and $664.27M, respectively. On its Q2 earnings conference call the company guided third quarter EPS of 63c-87c on revenue of $685M-$765M. Guidance for Q3 EPS and revenue were both notably lower than analyst estimates of 98c and $790.49M, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Shares of KLA-Tencor are lower by 5% to $67.45, while peers Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) are both down about 0.5% in the after-hours session.
17:25 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor lower by 5.6% to $67 after Q3 guidance
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17:22 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor sees Q3 EPS 63c-87c, consensus 98c
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17:16 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor sees Q3 order range $500M-$700M
16:16 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor reports Q2 EPS 68c, consensus 52c
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15:32 EDTKLACNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
14:55 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor technical notes before earnings news
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January 21, 2015
14:41 EDTKLAC, LRCX, AMATASML shares higher after reporting Q4 results, raising dividend
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07:45 EDTKLACKLA-Tencor coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
07:44 EDTAMATApplied Materials coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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07:44 EDTLRCXLam Research coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Price target raised to $104 from $85.
January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTAMATOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
09:06 EDTKLACCyberoptics announces 3D sensor supply relationship with KLA-Tencor
CyberOptics (CYBE) has qualified as a supplier to KLA-Tencor (KLAC), and has entered into a mutually exclusive agreement to supply 3D sensor subsystems for KLA-Tencor BEOL package inspection systems.
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