ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

Media stories about ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ASML earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.6172001400313 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) opened at $208.02 on Wednesday. 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 has a 52-week low of $123.86 and a 52-week high of $213.60. The firm has a market capitalization of $90,308.14, a P/E ratio of 38.49, a P/E/G ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.15.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.77 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.25 by $0.52. The company had revenue of $2.56 billion for 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 revenue was up 34.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.23 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that ASML will post 7.31 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed an annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 30th will be paid a $1.7181 dividend. 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 is Friday, April 27th. ASML’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 20.22%.

ASML declared that its board has approved a stock repurchase plan on Wednesday, January 17th that allows the company to repurchase outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the semiconductor company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on ASML. Zacks Investment Research downgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. BidaskClub raised ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Credit Suisse Group raised ASML from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. B. Riley reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $166.00 price objective on shares of ASML in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada upped their price target on ASML to $210.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two 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 company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $196.29.

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About ASML

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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