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Applied Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) is Gaining Momentum on Earnings Catalyst

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Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) shares are trading at higher $62.60 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $75.96.

To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $69.90 and the low is $36.64. Over the last 52 weeks, AMAT is up 23.13% while the S&P 500 is up 18.03%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.

A Notable Earnings Report

In the last quarter, AMAT reported a profit of $1.96 billion. Applied Materials Inc. also saw revenues increase to $4.39 billion. In addition, AMAT has free cash flow of $2.23 billion as of 07-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $1.2 billion which compares well with its peers.

AMAT booked profit margins of 19.60%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 35.90%, and its Return on Assets is 15.60%. All told, it is clear that, AMAT needs to be on your watchlist.

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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. AMAT has a short ratio of 2.14 and outstanding shares of 915.00M.

Company Outlook

AMAT has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Furthermore, 10-day volume stands at 7.09 million and more growth is possible in the weeks ahead. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 3.44. Applied Materials Inc. AMAT also noted assets of $21.17 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as AMAT has historically followed its peers on positive news.

All told, Applied Materials Inc. AMAT has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, AMAT represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.

Applied Materials Inc. AMAT is now commanding a market cap of 59.57B and a float of 910.12M. AMAT is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of AMAT stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!

Disclosure: we hold no position in AMAT, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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