Shareholder returns and stock trends
Applied Materials (AMAT) generated investor returns of -32.38% in the trailing 12-month period and -9.36% in the trailing one-month period. In comparison, it generated 43.68% in 2014 and -38.24% YTD (year to date). The firm’s share price decreased by 3.75% in the trailing five-day period.
In comparison, Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) and KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC)—peer companies in the semiconductor equipment subsector—declined by 3.69% and 9.19%, respectively, in the trailing one-month period.
On September 4, 2015, Applied Materials closed the trading day at $15.39. Based on this figure, here’s how the company’s stock fares in terms of its moving averages:
- 08% below its 100-day moving average of $18.78
- 42% below its 50-day moving average of $17.34
- 35% below its 20-day moving average of $16.14
MACD and relative strength index
A company’s MACD (moving average convergence divergence) is the difference between its short-term and long-term moving averages. Applied Material’s 14-day MACD is -0.58. This negative figure indicates a downward trading trend.
The company’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) is 37, which shows that its stock is slightly oversold. Generally, if a company’s RSI is above 70, it indicates the stock is overbought. An RSI figure of below 30 suggests that a company’s stock has been oversold.
Out of 27 analysts covering Applied Material’s stock, 18 have issued a “buy” recommendation on it, one has issued a “sell” recommendation, and eight recommend a “hold.” The analyst stock price target for the firm is $21.76, with a median target estimate of $23. Given these figures, Applied Materials is trading at a discount of 33% with respect to the median analyst price target.
You can invest in Applied Materials (AMAT) by investing in the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH). Applied Materials accounts for 3.95% of SMH. It also makes up 0.5% of the Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK).