ASML Holding NV (ASML) Getting Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) have trended positive this week, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ASML Holding NV earned a news sentiment score of 0.46 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news headlines about the semiconductor company an impact score of 16 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) traded down 0.36% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $134.41. 175,821 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. ASML Holding NV has a 12 month low of $91.15 and a 12 month high of $137.27. The stock has a market cap of $57.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.85 and a beta of 1.23. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $132.79 and a 200-day moving average of $120.68.

ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, April 19th. The semiconductor company reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.99 by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $1.94 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.82 billion. ASML Holding NV had a net margin of 21.62% and a return on equity of 16.76%. The company’s revenue was up 45.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.46 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that ASML Holding NV will post $4.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 2nd were given a $1.082 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, April 28th. ASML Holding NV’s dividend payout ratio is presently 27.03%.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of ASML Holding NV from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 20th. ABN Amro started coverage on shares of ASML Holding NV in a report on Monday, January 30th. They set a “buy” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ASML Holding NV from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $144.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $130.00 target price on shares of ASML Holding NV in a report on Monday, April 3rd. Finally, Exane BNP Paribas raised shares of ASML Holding NV from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $125.00.

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ASML Holding NV 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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