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    Lam Research to Acquire KLA-Tencor

    KLA-Tencor constitutes ~2.4% of the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX) and 0.84% of the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH).

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    By Samantha Nielson
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    Why Greenlight started a new position in Lam Research Corporation

    Greenlight disclosed a new position in Lam Research Corporation, which accounts for 1.01% of the fund’s 1Q 2014 portfolio.

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    KLAC Stock Rises Over 3% on Fiscal Q2 2019 Revenue Beat

    The semiconductor market is seeing demand weakness, especially in China. SME (semiconductor manufacturing equipment) suppliers are also seeing demand weakness.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Xilinx and Lam Research: First-Quarter Earnings Highlights

    On April 24, Xilinx (XLNX) and Lam Research (LRCX) announced their fiscal earnings for the quarter.

    By Puja Tayal
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    How Applied Materials Could Be Impacted by Export Controls

    Both domestic and foreign semiconductor companies have increased their capital spending on fabrication facilities in China (FXI).

    By Puja Tayal
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    Semiconductor Earnings Watch: TER and LRCX

    This week, semiconductor equipment suppliers Teradyne Inc. (TER) and Lam Research (LRCX) will report their quarterly earnings.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Could the Lam Research-KLA-Tencor Merger Get Competitive?

    In the Lam Research-KLA-Tencor merger, Lam Research is paying about 3.9x trailing-12-month revenues and 14.8x trailing-12-month EBITDA.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Can Applied Materials Maintain High Efficiency Ratios in 2019?

    In fiscal 2018, AMAT’s revenue rose 19% YoY to $17.25 billion, while its non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principle) net income rose 29.6% YoY to $4.57 billion.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Semiconductor Downturn to End AMAT’s Revenue Growth Trend

    Analysts expect AMAT’s full-year 2019 revenue to fall 11.5% YoY to $15.27 billion due to weak demand from memory chipmakers and China.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Analysts View Applied Materials Stock

    During its fiscal 1Q18 earnings call, Applied Materials’ CFO, Daniel Durn, stated that the broadening of the semiconductor market would increase WFE spending and reduce its cyclicality.

    By Puja Tayal
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    What Lam Research’s Fiscal 3Q18 Earnings Say about Memory Market

    Lam Research (LRCX) was among the first semiconductor companies to release its fiscal 3Q18 earnings for the quarter that ended on March 25.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Investor Reaction to Lam Research’s and TSMC’s 2Q18 Guidance

    The semiconductor earnings season started on a negative note with companies at the start of the supply chain reporting weaker guidance.

    By Puja Tayal
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    TXN, LRCX, XLNX: Earnings Boost Confidence in Chip Industry

    The fourth-quarter semiconductor earnings season began with warnings of a demand slowdown.

    By Puja Tayal
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    1Q18 Earnings Season: Good News for Semiconductor Investors?

    The earnings season started with better-than-expected earnings for semiconductor equipment manufacturer Lam Research (LRCX).

    By Puja Tayal
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    Operating Efficiency Drives Applied Materials’ Profitability

    In the March quarter, AMAT had an operating expense ratio of 16.6%, which was the lowest operating expense ratio AMAT has ever achieved.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Price Ratios Say about Applied Materials’ Stock Valuation

    On May 9, AMAT had a forward PE ratio of 12.0x, which is lower than KLAC’s ratio of 13.7x but higher than LRCX’s ratio of ~11.4x.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Five Things to Look for in Micron’s Upcoming Results

    Micron Technology (MU) stock is in the spotlight this week, as the company is set to release its fiscal 2019 fourth-quarter results on Thursday after markets close.

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    Memory Stocks Fell on Samsung’s Weak Q1 Earnings Guidance

    Most semiconductor stocks with exposure to the memory market are falling on the back of continued weakness.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Western Digital’s Offer for SanDisk Includes 15% Premium

    To acquire SanDisk, Western Digital has offered SanDisk shareholders $86.50 per share. This is approximately 15% premium to SanDisk’s closing share price on October 20, 2015.

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    The Rise and Fall of Micron Stock after Its Fiscal Q3 Earnings

    Micron Technology (MU) delivered record fiscal Q3 2018 earnings and guidance on June 20, beating analysts’ estimates by a good margin.

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    Would Investing in JPMNX Hamper or Benefit Your Portfolio?

    JPMNX’s top holdings include Avago Technologies (AVGO), Lam Research Corporation (LRCX), Verizon Communication (VZ), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).

    By Ivan Kading
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Impact of US–China Trade Tensions on Applied Materials Stock

    Applied Materials (AMAT) earned 21% of its 2016 revenues and 19% of its 2017 revenues from China. Any major shift in this market could hurt AMAT.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Semiconductor Systems: AMAT’s Key Revenue Driver for Fiscal 2018

    In fiscal 1Q18, AMAT’s Semiconductor Systems division’s revenue rose 32.6% YoY (year-over-year) to $2.9 billion.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Is the Growth Cycle for Applied Materials Here to Stay?

    Trade war jitters between the US and China sent Applied Materials stock to $55.40 on March 23 from its 52-week high of $62.40 on March 12.

    By Puja Tayal
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    AMAT’s Weak Fiscal Q4 2018 Guidance Makes Investors Cautious

    Applied Materials, the world’s largest chip manufacturing equipment vendor, reported strong fiscal Q3 2018 earnings but lowered its fiscal Q4 2018 guidance.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Regulatory Path for the Lam Research-KLA-Tencor Merger

    In the press release announcing the Lam Research-KLA-Tencor merger, the companies mention they will serve approximately 42% of the wafer fabrication equipment market immediately upon closing.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Intel and Western Digital Stocks Move in Opposite Directions

    Semiconductor stocks’ reaction to earnings After bottoming out in December, the stock market has been showing signs of recovery. Semiconductor stocks have been recovering this month due to anticipation that the second half of 2019 will bring growth. However, this week has been very volatile for semiconductor stocks—most companies reported weak earnings and guidance, with just a […]

    By Puja Tayal
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    Reduced Memory Spending to Hit Earnings of AMAT, KLAC, and LRCX

    The semiconductor industry is going through a downturn, but many companies expect growth to resume in the second half of 2019.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Applied Materials Stock Rallies on Optimism about H2 2019

    In this series, we’ll see what investors should expect from Applied Materials’ upcoming earnings.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does AMAT Stock Deliver Better Returns than Its Peers?

    AMAT increased its stock buyback authorization by $6.0 billion, doubled its dividend per share, and is working to improve its profits to improve its ROE.

    By Puja Tayal
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    XLNX and LRCX Move in Opposite Directions after Earnings

    On April 24, several semiconductor stocks made new 52-week highs.

    By Puja Tayal
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    What’s behind Semiconductor Stocks’ Rise?

    Most semiconductors stocks had risen more than 2% as of midday today, with several factors having raised investors’ optimism about the sector’s growth.

    By Puja Tayal
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    AMAT’s Semiconductor Systems Revenues May Fall after Peaking

    In the fiscal second quarter, AMAT’s Semiconductor Systems division’s revenues peaked at $3.0 billion, accounting for 65.6% of the company’s revenues.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Applied Materials’ Stock Price Movement

    Because Applied Materials (AMAT) is positioned at the beginning of the supply chain, its stock is among the first to be impacted by any industry-wide news.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Top Semiconductor Stocks for the Fourth Quarter of 2020

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    Behind Applied Materials’ Fiscal 2Q16 Revenue

    In fiscal 2Q16, Applied Materials’ (AMAT) revenue was almost flat at $2.45 billion, beating the analyst estimates of $2.43 billion.

    By Puja Tayal
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    What Investors and Analysts Think about AMAT Stock

    Applied Materials (AMAT) is witnessing strong growth momentum, with revenues growing in double digits and earnings per share growing in triple digits.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Could the Lexmark Deal Get Competitive?

    The consortium’s offer of $40.50 was a 30% premium to Lexmark’s price on October 21, 2015. The deal is the culmination of a six-month process.

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    Chip Stocks Fall on Fears of a Two-Year Growth Trend Slowdown

    NVIDIA and Applied Materials published their latest earnings results on August 16. Their weaker guidances have spooked investors.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Why AMAT Stock Rose 5% despite Weak Q2 Results

    Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) stock gained around 5% in after-hours trading on Thursday following its second-quarter results.

    By Ambrish Shah
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    What Tokyo Electron acquisition means for Applied Materials

    Applied Materials’s merger with Tokyo Electron is expected to provide Eteris with a 25% market share in the chip manufacturing equipment market.

    By Anne Shields
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    AMAT Stock Rises: Fourth-Quarter Earnings Takeaways

    Applied Materials (AMAT) stock rose 4% after market hours yesterday after the company posted strong fiscal 2019 fourth-quarter results.

    By Anjana Viswanathan
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    Western Digital CEO Retires, Stock Slumps 16%

    Today, Western Digital stock (WDC) slumped as much as 16.25% after CEO Steve Milligan announced his sudden retirement. Is the worst over for WDC?

    By Puja Tayal
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    Assessing Greenlight Capital’s 1st quarter 2014 positions

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    Fab Equipment Industry Outlook: What It Says about Lam Research

    Lam Research (LRCX) expects its shipments to fall $100 million sequentially to $3 billion in the June quarter.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Semiconductor Players INTC, LRCX, and TER Rally

    Last week, five major semiconductor companies reported their third-quarter earnings results. Three of these five reported upbeat earnings.

    By Puja Tayal
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    eBay, LRCX, and PYPL Stock Movements after Earnings

    Tech stocks eBay (EBAY), PayPal (PYPL), and Lam Research (LRCX) are moving in after-hours trading after today’s earnings reports.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings: XLNX and TXN Stocks in Focus This Week

    Major chip companies Texas Instruments (TXN) and Xilinx (XLNX) released their earnings last week and saw their stocks fall.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Chip Stocks Rise on TSMC Earnings Beat for Q3

    Today, the world’s largest foundry, Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor Company or TSMC, released its third-quarter earnings, rallying chip stocks.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Two Semiconductor Stocks Are Crushing It: Time to Sell?

    Semiconductor firms Lam Research and KLA Corp. have crushed the markets in 2019. While Lam Research is up 65.4%, KLA has returned 71% year-to-date.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Micron Maintains Strong Financial Position in Fiscal 2019  

    Micron Technology (MU) reported positive FCF (free cash flow), a strong balance sheet, and double-digit ROI (return on investment) in fiscal 2019.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Micron Slumps 11% after Q4 Earnings, Analysts Upbeat

    Micron (MU) stock dipped 11% after its Q4 of fiscal 2019 earnings. This slump occurred after the stock rallied about 20% in September on analysts’ optimism.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Micron: Q4 Earnings Send Semiconductor Stocks Lower

    Micron shares fell more than 9% in early market trading today. The stock is trading at $44.09, which is 14% below its 52-week high.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Micron Stock Fell on Disappointing Guidance

    Micron Technology reported upbeat fourth-quarter fiscal 2019 results on September 26 after the market closed. Micron stock fell 1.76% to $48.60 on the day.

    By Sophia Nicholson
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    AMAT Stock Fell More than 4% after Q3 Results

    Applied Materials (AMAT) shares have fallen more than 4% on Friday. The company announced its third-quarter results after the market closed on Thursday.

    By Adam Rogers
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    What to Expect from This Week’s Semiconductor Earnings

    So far, semiconductor earnings have raised investors’ expectations about growth in the second half and next year.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Goldman Sachs Turns Bullish on Semiconductor Stocks

    The US markets are up today as Wall Street braces for a busy earnings week. The S&P 500 ETF is up 0.3%, and semiconductor stocks lead the market’s gains.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Chip Equipment Suppliers’ Stocks Rise despite Micron’s Capex Cut

    On June 25, Micron Technology (MU) reported better-than-expected earnings results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, which sent the stock up 13.3% a day after its earnings release.

    By Puja Tayal
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    What Made Memory Stocks the Top Gains of the S&P 500 Index?

    Micron Technology (MU) and Western Digital (WDC) stocks were among the top five gainers of the S&P 500 Index on March 21 in the first half of the trading session.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Can Recently Downgraded Lam Research Afford a Dividend Payout?

    Lam Research (LRCX) was recently downgraded to “equal-weight” from “overweight” by Morgan Stanley, according to a note to clients cited by Bloomberg.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Applied Materials’ Q2 Guidance Signals Semiconductor Weakness

    On February 14, in after-hours trading, Applied Materials stock fell 2% as its fiscal 2019 second-quarter guidance missed estimates.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Why Western Digital Stock Declined 28.4% in 2018

    WDC’s price target was reduced to $75.00 from $100.00, and the stock is trading at $55.76.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Why Samsung May Want to Cut Memory Production

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    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Valuation is Going to Get the Market…Eventually

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    Why Micron Was Tepper’s Top Buy in Q1 2018

    David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management’s top buys in the first quarter were Micron Technology (MU), Lam Research (LRCX), Wells Fargo (WFC), UBS (UBS), and Allergan (AGN).

    By Sarah Sands
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    What’s Applied Materials’ Strategy to Tap the AI Trend?

    Applied Materials (AMAT), KLA-Tencor (KLAC), and Lam Research (LRCX) are witnessing strong growth in the memory and logic segments.

    By Puja Tayal
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    China: One of Applied Materials’ Key Revenue Drivers

    Applied Materials (AMAT) supplies SME (semiconductor manufacturing equipment) to chip makers all over the world.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Watch out Market, Semiconductors are Trying to Warn Us

    Taiwan Semi is warning you Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) missed and warned today.  They lowered 2Q revenue guidance to $7.8-$7.9 billion.  The street was at $8.82 billion.  They blamed it on smart phone slowing.  Mizuho securities also warned today that Apple’s (AAPL) forward guide would have to come down as well. Yesterday, Lam Research’s (LRCX) stock […]

    By JP Gravitt
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    Stocks that are Influencing the Market Midweek

    Premium Content As we make it to the middle of the first week of earnings, some interesting trends are developing, some a bit alarming, some decent.  The overall market still looks solid with the S&P500 (SPY) now up over 6% since the lows on April 2.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) held the 200 […]

    By JP Gravitt
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    What’s Contributing to Promising Outlook for Lam Research?

    Lam Research’s (LRCX) revenue rose 12% and 36% in 2016 and 2017, respectively. It rose 52% in 1Q18.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Why Foundries Welcome the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

    The complexity of AI chips could lead to manufacturing innovation since these chips require larger dimensions and specialized processors.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Why Qualcomm Could Exit the List of Top 5 Cash-Rich Semi Companies

    In calendar 3Q17, Qualcomm (QCOM) was the richest semiconductor company in terms of cash, with net cash of $17.9 billion.

    By Puja Tayal
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    This Made Micron One of the Fastest-Growing Semi Stocks of 2017

    Generally, growth stocks are the ones that deliver above-average capital appreciation, but such stocks may or may not give dividends.

    By Puja Tayal
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    What’s So Attractive about Micron and Lam Research to Investors?

    The semiconductor industry is currently undergoing a major transition toward AI (artificial intelligence), which is opening up new opportunities.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Why Lam Research’s Dividend Yield Has Changed over the Years

    Lam Research’s revenue and earnings in 2015 and 2016 Lam Research’s (LRCX) revenue rose 14% and 12% in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Revenue from Taiwan, China, and Southeast Asia drove growth in both years. Revenue from Korea, the United States, and Europe rose in 2015 before falling in 2016, and Japan’s revenue fell in 2015 before rising […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    The Top 5 Cash-Rich Semiconductor Stocks Today

    In calendar 2Q17, TSMC (TSM) was the richest semiconductor company in terms of cash, with net cash of $18.5 billion.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Two Newcomers in the Top 5 Fastest-Growing Semiconductor Stocks

    As of September 12, 2017, Nvidia (NVDA) was the fastest-growing stock, rising 185% over the past year, compared to the industry’s 32% growth.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Inside the Top 5 Most Volatile Semiconductor Stocks

    Intel (INTC) is the world’s largest semiconductor company and also the least volatile semiconductor stock, though it has a beta of 1.23.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Understanding the Role of AMAT, LRCX, and KLAC in Semiconductor Growth

    According to SEMI’s estimates, the global semiconductor market is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 6.7% between 2015 and 2025.

    By Puja Tayal
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    What AMAT’s Price Ratios Say about Its Valuation

    On August 7, 2017, AMAT had a PS ratio of ~3.7x.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Is AMAT Losing Market Share to Lam Research and KLA-Tencor?

    The emergence of the IoT (Internet of Things), self-driving cars, AR/VR (augmented/virtual reality), and AI (artificial intelligence) is driving demand for logic and memory chips.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What AMAT’s Sequential Revenue Growth Indicates

    Applied Materials (AMAT) witnessed strong 45% year-over-year growth in 1Q17 while the overall SME market witnessed growth of 110% YoY.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Could AMAT Achieve New Revenue Milestones in Fiscal 2017?

    Applied Materials’ revenues rose 45% year-over-year to $3.5 billion in fiscal 2Q17, as its foundry and display equipment sales rose in triple digits.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Pushed Applied Materials’ Stock Price to a 17-Year High

    Applied Materials (AMAT) stock has risen 86% over the past 12 months to the 17-year high of $44. In this series, we’ll look at the factors driving Applied Materials’ fiscal 2017 earnings.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Why Analysts and Investors Are Optimistic about AMAT Stock

    In 2016, AMAT stock rose 92.2%, outperforming the stocks of LRCX and KLAC, which rose 50% and 20.6%, respectively.

    By Puja Tayal
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    What AMAT’s Balance Sheet Says about Its Financial Position

    AMAT’s FCF (free cash flow) increased significantly in fiscal 2Q16 when the company started reporting revenue growth after several quarters of decline.

    By Puja Tayal
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    How the Transition to 3D NAND Could Affect AMAT’s Memory Business

    Another segment driving the Semiconductor Systems’ growth is the memory business.

    By Puja Tayal
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    How ASML’s EUV Technology Could Threaten AMAT’s Foundry Business

    ASML is seeing strong demand for its EUV technology and the strong demand was reflected in its latest fiscal 4Q16 earnings.

    By Puja Tayal
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    These Factors Could Improve AMAT’s Profitability in 2017

    For fiscal 1Q17, AMAT expects its non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) gross margin to rise 43.8% from 43.7% in fiscal 4Q16.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Globalstar Rose as the FCC Reviews Its Revised Proposal

    The S&P 500 Telecom Services sector rose 1.1% on December 19. Globalstar (GSAT) and Iridium (IRDM) were the top performers in the telecom sector.

    By Val Kensington
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    Will Strong EPS Push AMAT’s Cash Flows in Fiscal 4Q16?

    The company aims to increase its EPS (earnings per share) from an estimated $1.75 in fiscal 2016 to $2.8 in fiscal 2019, growing at a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 17%.

    By Puja Tayal
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    How Much Are Production Cycles Impacting Applied Materials’ Earnings?

    Applied Materials’ earnings will likely increase in 2016 as the overall semiconductor industry transitions to new technology.

    By Puja Tayal
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