Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) Is a Trending Stock: Facts to Know Before Betting on It

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Applied Materials (AMAT) has recently been on Zacks.com's list of the most searched stocks. Therefore, you might want to consider some of the key factors that could influence the stock's performance in the near future.Shares of this maker of chipmaking equipment have returned +4.1% over the past month versus the Zacks S&P 500 composite's +2.8% change. The Zacks Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication industry, to which Applied Materials belongs, has gained 4.7% over this period. Now the key question is: Where could the stock be headed in the near term?While media releases or rumors about a substantial change in a company's business prospects usually make its stock 'trending' and lead to an immediate price change, there are always some fundamental facts that eventually dominate the buy-and-hold decision-making.Earnings Estimate RevisionsHere at Zacks, we prioritize appraising the change in the projection of a company's future earnings over anything else. That's because we believe the present value of its future stream of earnings is what determines the fair value for its stock.Our analysis is essentially based on how sell-side analysts covering the stock are revising their earnings estimates to take the latest business trends into account. When earnings estimates for a company go up, the fair value for its stock goes up as well. And when a stock's fair value is higher than its current market price, investors tend to buy the stock, resulting in its price moving upward. Because of this, empirical studies indicate a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and short-term stock price movements.For the current quarter, Applied Materials is expected to post earnings of $2.01 per share, indicating a change of +5.8% from the year-ago quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has changed -0.2% over the last 30 days.The consensus earnings estimate of $8.31 for the current fiscal year indicates a year-over-year change of +3.2%. This estimate has changed -0.1% over the last 30 days.For the next fiscal year, the consensus earnings estimate of $9.39 indicates a change of +13% from what Applied Materials is expected to report a year ago. Over the past month, the estimate has changed +0.3%.Having a strong externally audited track record, our proprietary stock rating tool, the Zacks Rank, offers a more conclusive picture of a stock's price direction in the near term, since it effectively harnesses the power of earnings estimate revisions. Due to the size of the recent change in the consensus estimate, along with three other factors related to earnings estimates, Applied Materials is rated Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).The chart below shows the evolution of the company's forward 12-month consensus EPS estimate:12 Month EPSRevenue Growth ForecastEven though a company's earnings growth is arguably the best indicator of its financial health, nothing much happens if it cannot raise its revenues. It's almost impossible for a company to grow its earnings without growing its revenue for long periods. Therefore, knowing a company's potential revenue growth is crucial.For Applied Materials, the consensus sales estimate for the current quarter of $6.67 billion indicates a year-over-year change of +3.8%. For the current and next fiscal years, $26.89 billion and $29.51 billion estimates indicate +1.4% and +9.8% changes, respectively.Last Reported Results and Surprise HistoryApplied Materials reported revenues of $6.65 billion in the last reported quarter, representing a year-over-year change of +0.2%. EPS of $2.09 for the same period compares with $2 a year ago.Compared to the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.51 billion, the reported revenues represent a surprise of +2.04%. The EPS surprise was +6.09%.The company beat consensus EPS estimates in each of the trailing four quarters. The company topped consensus revenue estimates each time over this period.ValuationWithout considering a stock's valuation, no investment decision can be efficient. In predicting a stock's future price performance, it's crucial to determine whether its current price correctly reflects the intrinsic value of the underlying business and the company's growth prospects.Comparing the current value of a company's valuation multiples, such as its price-to-earnings (P/E), price-to-sales (P/S), and price-to-cash flow (P/CF), to its own historical values helps ascertain whether its stock is fairly valued, overvalued, or undervalued, whereas comparing the company relative to its peers on these parameters gives a good sense of how reasonable its stock price is.As part of the Zacks Style Scores system, the Zacks Value Style Score (which evaluates both traditional and unconventional valuation metrics) organizes stocks into five groups ranging from A to F (A is better than B; B is better than C; and so on), making it helpful in identifying whether a stock is overvalued, rightly valued, or temporarily undervalued.Applied Materials is graded D on this front, indicating that it is trading at a premium to its peers. Click here to see the values of some of the valuation metrics that have driven this grade.Bottom LineThe facts discussed here and much other information on Zacks.com might help determine whether or not it's worthwhile paying attention to the market buzz about Applied Materials. However, its Zacks Rank #3 does suggest that it may perform in line with the broader market in the near term.Zacks’ Top 3 Hydrogen StocksDemand for clean hydrogen energy is projected to reach $500 billion by 2030 and grow 5-FOLD by 2050. Want in? Zacks has targeted 3 diversified titans that could lead the way to becoming hydrogen powerhouses.One has crushed the market over the past 25 years – up +2,400% to +380%.Another already has capital commitments of $15 billion for low carbon hydrogen products through 2027 alone.Our third pick soared to 52-week highs in Q4 2023 and has raised its dividend every year for over a decade.See Stocks Now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on Zacks.com click here.Zacks Investment ResearchWeiter zum vollständigen Artikel bei Zacks

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DatumRatingAnalyst
19.05.2023Applied Materials BuyJoh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG (Berenberg Bank)
19.11.2021Applied Materials KaufenDZ BANK
16.08.2019Applied Materials HoldCraig Hallum
16.08.2019Applied Materials OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
17.05.2019Applied Materials BuyB. Riley FBR
DatumRatingAnalyst
19.05.2023Applied Materials BuyJoh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG (Berenberg Bank)
19.11.2021Applied Materials KaufenDZ BANK
16.08.2019Applied Materials OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
17.05.2019Applied Materials BuyB. Riley FBR
17.05.2019Applied Materials OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
DatumRatingAnalyst
16.08.2019Applied Materials HoldCraig Hallum
16.11.2018Applied Materials NeutralB. Riley FBR
29.10.2018Applied Materials NeutralB. Riley FBR
01.10.2018Applied Materials HoldDeutsche Bank AG
16.02.2017Applied Materials Sector PerformRBC Capital Markets
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05.10.2015Applied Materials UnderperformRBC Capital Markets
22.07.2013Applied Materials verkaufenExane-BNP Paribas SA
26.03.2013Applied Materials verkaufenExane-BNP Paribas SA
12.12.2012Applied Materials underperformExane-BNP Paribas SA
19.11.2012Applied Materials underperformExane-BNP Paribas SA

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