Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact ASML (ASML) Share Price

News articles about ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ASML earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.6172001400313 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on ASML. Zacks Investment Research raised ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $228.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Friday, January 19th. BidaskClub raised ASML from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Royal Bank of Canada raised their price objective 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. B. Riley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $166.00 price objective on shares of ASML in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised ASML from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $196.29.

Shares of ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) opened at $208.02 on Wednesday. ASML has a 12 month low of $123.86 and a 12 month high of $213.60. The company has a market capitalization of $90,308.14, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.49, a P/E/G ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 1.81 and a current ratio of 2.70.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.77 earnings per share (EPS) 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 for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.15 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.23 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 34.3% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that ASML will post 7.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

ASML announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, January 17th that permits the company to repurchase outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the semiconductor company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently declared an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 30th will be paid a $1.7181 dividend. This is an increase from ASML’s previous annual dividend of $0.71. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 0.84%. ASML’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 20.22%.

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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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