ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ASML earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the semiconductor company an impact score of 47.2925867608445 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

ASML has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. B. Riley raised their target price on ASML from $166.00 to $200.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Royal Bank of Canada raised their target price on ASML to $210.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Credit Suisse Group upgraded ASML from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ASML from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $201.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $196.29.

ASML (NASDAQ ASML) traded down $1.12 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $193.29. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 796,493 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,200,000. The stock has a market cap of $84,330.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.05, a P/E/G ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 1.15. ASML has a twelve month low of $119.83 and a twelve month high of $208.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a current ratio of 2.70 and a quick ratio of 1.81.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.77 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.52. ASML had a return on equity of 21.16% and a net margin of 24.28%. The firm had revenue of $2.56 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.15 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.23 EPS. ASML’s revenue for the quarter was up 34.3% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that ASML will post 7.31 earnings per share for the current year.

ASML declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, January 17th that allows the company to repurchase shares. This repurchase authorization allows the semiconductor company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The firm also recently declared an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Investors of record on Monday, April 30th will be paid a $1.7181 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 0.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 27th. This is a positive change from ASML’s previous annual dividend of $0.71. ASML’s payout ratio is currently 18.41%.

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ASML Company Profile

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services.

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