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Applied Materials, Inc (AMAT) is a leading semiconductor equipment & materials business based in the US. It opened the day at $108.0532 after a previous close of $107.97. During the day the price has varied from a low of $106.25 to a high of $109.7536. The latest price was $106.33 (25 minute delay). Applied Materials is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 24,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Applied Materials

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: AMAT in this case.
  5. Research Applied Materials shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Applied Materials shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Applied Materials's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Applied Materials's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $106.33, which is 39.56% up on its pre-crash value of $64.27 and 190.20% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $36.64.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Applied Materials shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $672.45 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,779.96.

Applied Materials share price

Use our graph to track the performance of AMAT stocks over time.

Applied Materials shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-22.
Open$108.0532
High$109.7536
Low$106.25
Close$106.33
Previous close$107.97
Change $-1.64
Change % -1.519%
Volume 6,207,648
Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$36.2662 - $110.88
50-day moving average $92.3764
200-day moving average $71.179
Wall St. target price$98.84
PE ratio 27.125
Dividend yield $0.88 (0.83%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.92
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
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£119.88
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£1500
0.75%
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Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
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Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
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AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
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Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
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7 funds
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£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
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No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
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Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
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Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
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0.75-0.88%
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Is it a good time to buy Applied Materials stock?

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Applied Materials price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $106.33

1 week (2021-01-15) 3.09%
1 month (2020-12-24) 24.61%
3 months (2020-10-23) 74.45%
6 months (2020-07-24) 75.40%
1 year (2020-01-24) 71.50%
2 years (2019-01-24) 181.15%
3 years (2018-01-24) 86.94%
5 years (2016-01-22) 523.64%

Is Applied Materials under- or over-valued?

Valuing Applied Materials stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Applied Materials's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Applied Materials's P/E ratio

Applied Materials's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 27x. In other words, Applied Materials shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

However, Applied Materials's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the semiconductor equipment & materials industry or those of similar companies.

Applied Materials's PEG ratio

Applied Materials's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.4228. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Applied Materials's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Applied Materials's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Applied Materials's EBITDA

Applied Materials's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $4.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Applied Materials's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

To put Applied Materials's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Applied Materials financials

Revenue TTM $17.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 25.97%
Gross profit TTM $7.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 13.5%
Return on equity TTM 38.52%
Profit margin 21.04%
Book value $11.573
Market capitalisation $97.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Applied Materials shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "AMAT.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 10.6 million Applied Materials shares held short by investors – that's known as Applied Materials's "short interest". This figure is 8.4% down from 11.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Applied Materials shares can be evaluated.

Applied Materials's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Applied Materials's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Applied Materials shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Applied Materials shares traded daily (recently around 5.8 million). Applied Materials's SIR currently stands at 1.82. In other words for every 100,000 Applied Materials shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1820 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Applied Materials's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Applied Materials's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Applied Materials shares, or, against the total number of tradable Applied Materials shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Applied Materials's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Applied Materials shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0116% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Applied Materials shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Applied Materials.

Find out more about how you can short Applied Materials stock.

Applied Materials's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Applied Materials.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Applied Materials's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 12.25

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Applied Materials's overall score of 12.25 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Applied Materials is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Applied Materials's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Applied Materials's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.83/100

Applied Materials's social score

Social score: 2.92/100

Applied Materials's governance score

Governance score: 5.01/100

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Applied Materials, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 12.25
Total ESG percentile 5.36
Environmental score 3.83
Social score 2.92
Governance score 5.01

Applied Materials share dividends

21%

Dividend payout ratio: 20.81% of net profits

Recently Applied Materials has paid out, on average, around 20.81% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.83% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Applied Materials shareholders could enjoy a 0.83% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Applied Materials's case, that would currently equate to about $0.88 per share.

While Applied Materials's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Applied Materials is investing more in its future growth.

Applied Materials's most recent dividend payout was on 18 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Applied Materials's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Applied Materials's shares ever split?

Applied Materials's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 17 April 2002. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Applied Materials shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Applied Materials shares which in turn could have impacted Applied Materials's share price.

Applied Materials share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Applied Materials's shares have ranged in value from as little as $36.2662 up to $110.88. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AMAT.US volatility(beta: 1.48)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Applied Materials's is 1.479. This would suggest that Applied Materials's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

To put Applied Materials's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Applied Materials overview

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, display, and related industries. It operates through three segments: Semiconductor Systems, Applied Global Services, and Display and Adjacent Markets. The Semiconductor Systems segment develops, manufactures, and sells various manufacturing equipment that is used to fabricate semiconductor chips or integrated circuits. This segment also offers various technologies, including epitaxy, ion implantation, oxidation/nitridation, rapid thermal processing, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, chemical mechanical planarization, electrochemical deposition, atomic layer deposition, etching, and selective deposition and removal, as well as metrology and inspection tools. The Applied Global Services segment provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity comprising spares, upgrades, services, remanufactured earlier generation equipment, and factory automation software for semiconductor, display, and other products. The Display and Adjacent Markets segment offers products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays; organic light-emitting diodes; and other display technologies for TVs, monitors, laptops, personal computers, electronic tablets, smart phones, and other consumer-oriented devices, as well as equipment for processing flexible substrates. The company operates in the United States, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Applied Materials, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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