why Applied Materials Inc. [AMAT] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $120.53

Applied Materials Inc. [NASDAQ: AMAT] price plunged by -1.91 percent to reach at -$2.29. The company report on February 2, 2023 that Applied Materials Announces Q1 FY2023 Earnings Webcast.

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The live webcast will be accessible via the Applied Materials website at: https://ir.appliedmaterials.com. A replay will be available on the same day beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

A sum of 5330118 shares traded at recent session while its average daily volume was at 6.87M shares. Applied Materials Inc. shares reached a high of $119.44 and dropped to a low of $116.91 until finishing in the latest session at $117.69.

The one-year AMAT stock forecast points to a potential upside of 2.36. The average equity rating for AMAT stock is currently 2.10, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.

Guru’s Opinion on Applied Materials Inc. [AMAT]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for AMAT shares is $120.53 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on AMAT stock is a recommendation set at 2.10. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Barclays have made an estimate for Applied Materials Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Underweight, with their previous recommendation back on January 23, 2023. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Stifel raised their target price to Buy. The new note on the price target was released on January 18, 2023, representing the official price target for Applied Materials Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $125, while Loop Capital analysts kept a Buy rating on AMAT stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Applied Materials Inc. is set at 4.23, with the Price to Sales ratio for AMAT stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.99. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 8.23, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.96. Price to Free Cash Flow for AMAT in the course of the last twelve months was 27.48 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.40.

AMAT Stock Performance Analysis:

Applied Materials Inc. [AMAT] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 8.77. With this latest performance, AMAT shares gained by 20.19% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 7.36% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -13.79% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for AMAT stock in for the last two-week period is set at 58.74, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 58.02, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 58.53 for Applied Materials Inc. [AMAT]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 107.14, while it was recorded at 118.49 for the last single week of trading, and 100.57 for the last 200 days.

Insight into Applied Materials Inc. Fundamentals:

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Applied Materials Inc. [AMAT] shares currently have an operating margin of +29.96 and a Gross Margin at +46.30. Applied Materials Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +25.40.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 53.39, with Return on Assets sitting at 24.83.

Applied Materials Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.40 and a Current Ratio set at 2.20.


The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for AMAT. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Applied Materials Inc. go to 10.80%.

Applied Materials Inc. [AMAT] Insider Position Details

There are presently around $77,003 million, or 79.90% of AMAT stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AMAT stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 72,990,289, which is approximately -0.798% of the company’s market cap and around 0.35% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 69,390,593 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $8.17 billion in AMAT stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $4.52 billion in AMAT stock with ownership of nearly -1.243% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Applied Materials Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of February and at the time of the February reporting period, where 748 institutional holders increased their position in Applied Materials Inc. [NASDAQ:AMAT] by around 40,511,991 shares. Additionally, 752 investors decreased positions by around 39,686,832 shares, while 233 investors held positions by with 574,085,910 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 654,284,733 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AMAT stock had 132 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,894,240 shares, while 127 institutional investors sold positions of 4,583,332 shares during the same period.


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