Investment Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Updates for ASML (ASML)

Several analysts have recently updated their ratings and price targets for ASML (NASDAQ: ASML):

  • 4/9/2019 – ASML was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “ASML is a world leader in the manufacture of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry. The company offers an integrated portfolio for manufacturing complex integrated circuits. ASML designs, develops, integrates, markets and services advanced systems used by customers the major global semiconductor manufacturers to create chips that power a wide array of electronic, communications and information technology products. “
  • 4/3/2019 – ASML was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “ASML is a world leader in the manufacture of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry. The company offers an integrated portfolio for manufacturing complex integrated circuits. ASML designs, develops, integrates, markets and services advanced systems used by customers the major global semiconductor manufacturers to create chips that power a wide array of electronic, communications and information technology products. “
  • 3/30/2019 – ASML was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 3/26/2019 – ASML was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “ASML is a world leader in the manufacture of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry. The company offers an integrated portfolio for manufacturing complex integrated circuits. ASML designs, develops, integrates, markets and services advanced systems used by customers the major global semiconductor manufacturers to create chips that power a wide array of electronic, communications and information technology products. “
  • 2/25/2019 – ASML had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada.

ASML stock opened at $197.91 on Friday. ASML Holding NV has a 52 week low of $144.50 and a 52 week high of $221.66. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a current ratio of 2.78 and a quick ratio of 1.87. The company has a market capitalization of $83.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.56, a PEG ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 1.14.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The semiconductor company reported $2.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.04 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $2.78 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.99 billion. ASML had a net margin of 23.66% and a return on equity of 22.92%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.50 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that ASML Holding NV will post 6.91 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 8th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 29th will be paid a dividend of $2.3856 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, April 26th. This represents a dividend yield of 1%. This is a positive change from ASML’s previous annual dividend of $1.72. ASML’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 20.06%.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of ASML. WCM Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of ASML during the 4th quarter valued at $427,419,000. FMR LLC boosted its stake in shares of ASML by 21.2% during the 4th quarter. FMR LLC now owns 3,269,181 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $508,750,000 after buying an additional 572,053 shares during the period. Segantii Capital Management Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of ASML during the 4th quarter valued at $47,057,000. Deutsche Bank AG boosted its stake in shares of ASML by 2,244.2% during the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 288,661 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $44,920,000 after buying an additional 276,347 shares during the period. Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new stake in shares of ASML during the 4th quarter valued at $34,326,000. 16.12% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

ASML Holding N.V. develops, produces, markets, sells, and services advanced semiconductor equipment systems consisting of lithography related systems primarily in the Netherlands, the United States, and Asia. It sells Holistic Lithography solutions, which integrate its three categories of products, including DUV lithography, EUV lithography, and Applications.

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