News headlines about ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ASML earned a daily sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.628930299274 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- Overwhelming Stocks: ASML Holding NV, (NASDAQ: ASML), Johnson & Johnson, (NYSE: JNJ); (tradingnewsnow.com)
- ASML Holding NV (ASML) stock changed 2776641 shares unusually Wednesday (nasdaqchronicle.com)
- ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) – What Do Analysts’ Recommend? (nasdaqjournal.com)
- Investors watching summary on ASML Holding NV (ASML) (wallstreetmorning.com)
- BidaskClub Downgrades ASML (ASML) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)
Several equities research analysts have weighed in on ASML shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $228.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, January 19th. BidaskClub upgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 19th. Santander cut ASML from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, March 19th. B. Riley reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $166.00 target price on shares of ASML in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded ASML from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $196.29.
ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.77 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.25 by $0.52. The firm had revenue of $2.56 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.15 billion. ASML had a return on equity of 21.16% and a net margin of 24.28%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 34.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.23 EPS. equities analysts forecast that ASML will post 7.31 EPS for the current fiscal year.
ASML declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, January 17th that allows the company to buyback outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the semiconductor company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are often a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.
The business also recently disclosed an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Investors of record on Monday, April 30th will be paid a dividend of $1.7181 per share. This is a boost from ASML’s previous annual dividend of $0.71. This represents a dividend yield of 0.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 27th. ASML’s dividend payout ratio is 20.22%.
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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