Applied Materials volatility flat into merger with Tokyo Electron Applied Materials overall option implied volatility of 25 is near its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into announcing a definitive agreement with Tokyo Electron in an all-stock combination which values the new combined company at approximately $29B.
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Applied Materials added to Select List at Stifel Stifel believes that Applied Materials is poised to outperform in 2014, as the firm expects the company to benefit from several catalysts. Among the positive catalysts cited by the firm are share gains in several areas and strong growth in the company's FPD equipment business. Stifel is upbeat on the company's management team and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.