Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Stocks to Watch For: Digital Power Corp. (DPW), Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT)

Russell Knight | 14 January, 2018, 00:28

The company's stock is now moving with a +ve distance from the 200 day SMA of approximately 12.68%, and has a solid year to date (YTD) performance of 4.26% which means that the stock is constantly adding to its value from the previous fiscal year end price. Applied Materials's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 12.62%. The stock increased 1.82% or $1.05 during the last trading session, reaching $58.83. 9,069,938 shares of the company's stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 12,440,000.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. It has outperformed by 104.70% the S&P500.

Clearbridge Investments Llc increased Cvs Health Corp (CVS) stake by 0.48% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Bluemar Capital Management Llc sold 3,351 shares as Blackrock Inc (BLK)'s stock rose 1.17%. Wunderlich Capital Managemnt now owns 3,037 shares of the manufacturing equipment provider's stock worth $125,000 after purchasing an additional 87 shares during the last quarter. Blackrock Inc now has $86.20B valuation.

Traders have different rules for what constitutes liquidity and a good guide is the volume of trades and volume of shares that are traded each day. It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500. It also increased its holding in Broadcom Ltd by 15,200 shares in the quarter, for a total of 541,585 shares, and has risen its stake in Paccar Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR). During the key period of last 5 years, Applied Materials, Inc. Credit Suisse Group restated a "buy" rating and issued a $62.00 price target on shares of Applied Materials in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Therefore 96% are positive.

In the latest week Applied Materials, Inc.

Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) gross margin percentage stands at 44.9% while its operating margin for the past trailing twelve month is 26.6 percent and its overall profit margin (ttm) is 23.6 Percent. (NYSE:MO) on Thursday, September 15 with "Outperform" rating. Nomura maintained Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) has "Buy" rating given on Friday, February 19 by Needham. Mizuho has "Buy" rating and $135 target. As per Wednesday, August 9, the company rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Friday, August 14 by Jefferies. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, September 28 by B. Riley & Co. As per Friday, August 18, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. The stock has "Buy" rating by Drexel Hamilton on Monday, August 7. RBC Capital Markets maintained Applied Materials, Inc.

Inc. Cuts Position in Golar LNG Partners LP (GMLP)
Aperio Gp Ltd Limited Liability Company stated it has 0.02% in SINA Corporation (NASDAQ:SINA). (NYSE:MET) for 13,210 shares. The Encompass Capital Advisors Llc holds 1.15 million shares with $25.97M value, up from 994,889 last quarter.

Comparable Company Analysis: Century Aluminum Company (CENX), Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD)
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) is on our radar right now but there could still be some opportunities on the horizon. This continues to be an interesting story, and we look forward to updating it again soon on Sears Holdings Corporation.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT) Stake Cut by Gerstein Fisher
The stock of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) has "Buy" rating given on Tuesday, November 22 by Berenberg. The stock of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) earned "Hold" rating by Goldman Sachs on Tuesday, August 1.

Since August 23, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 5 sales for $12.03 million activity. 22,762 shares were sold by Karsner Alexander, worth $1.00M on Wednesday, August 23. (NASDAQ:AMAT) was sold by Larkins Thomas F. Applied Materials has a 1-year low of $33.09 and a 1-year high of $60.89. Forrest Stephen R also sold $214,680 worth of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). New Jersey-based Bessemer Group has invested 2.35% in Apple Inc. Zacks Investment Research raised Applied Materials from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $64.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was sold by SEWELL D BRUCE.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.06 in Q3 2017. It's down -0.64, from 1.78 in 2017Q2.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Sterling Capital Mngmt Lc reported 188,418 shares. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Bessemer Group Inc Incorporated holds 7,278 shares or 0% of its portfolio. In the last month, the price of AMAT has increased +5.41%. Guardian Capital Lp invested in 0.01% or 8,951 shares.

Turning to Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO), its shares were trading at $34 a gain of $0.99, on the trading floor. State Bank Of America De owns 7.07 million shares or 0.06% of their U.S. portfolio. Allsquare Wealth Management Limited stated it has 599 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Jbf Incorporated holds 1.18% in Applied Materials, Inc. Legacy Private Tru Company has invested 0.37% in Applied Materials, Inc. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 10,945,191 shares, a drop of 24.0% from the December 15th total of 14,392,492 shares. (NASDAQ:AMAT). Moreover, Scge Mngmt Limited Partnership has 3.41% invested in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rating on Wednesday, February 1. Alexandria Llc stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Stonehearth Capital Management Ltd Liability has 2,575 shares. Finally, Mosaic Family Wealth LLC grew its holdings in shares of Applied Materials by 56.1% in the third quarter. Citigroup reported 0.07% of its portfolio in CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS). AMAT's latest closing price was 13.21% away from the average price of 200 days while it maintained a distance of -1.33% from the 50 Day Moving Average and 1.75% away compared to its SMA 20. The manufacturing equipment provider reported $0.66 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.01.

Turtle Creek Asset Management Inc, which manages about $1.01 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Service Corp International (NYSE:SCI) by 371,250 shares to 1.37 million shares, valued at $47.10M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) stake by 4.77 million shares and now owns 3.16M shares. Bank Amer Corp (NYSE:BAC) was raised too. Wall Street is only getting more bullish on the stock, with 20 of analysts who cover AMAT having a buy-equivalent rating. Therefore 77% are positive. (NYSE:MO), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. (NYSE:MO) on Tuesday, November 29 with "Equal-Weight" rating. Nomura maintained it with "Buy" rating and $55 target in Friday, September 29 report. The stock of Altria Group, Inc. As per Thursday, April 14, the company rating was upgraded by UBS. The rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray on Thursday, August 6 with "Buy". (NYSE:BLK) has "Overweight" rating given on Tuesday, October 10 by Barclays Capital.

The Company now has ROA (Return on Assets) of 19.1 percent, Return on Equity (ROE) of 40.4 Percent and Return on Investment (ROI) of 24.4% with Gross margin of 44.9 percent and Operating & Profit margin of 26.6% and 23.6% respectively.

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