Investors Purchase Large Volume of Put Options on ASML (ASML)

ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Investors acquired 4,334 put options on the company. This is an increase of 992% compared to the typical volume of 397 put options.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC acquired a new stake in shares of ASML in the 3rd quarter valued at about $108,000. Northeast Investment Management acquired a new stake in shares of ASML in the 3rd quarter valued at about $209,000. Adviser Investments LLC acquired a new stake in shares of ASML in the 3rd quarter valued at about $229,000. Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware acquired a new stake in shares of ASML in the 2nd quarter valued at about $265,000. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc acquired a new stake in shares of ASML in the 3rd quarter valued at about $283,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 16.59% of the company’s stock.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) opened at $175.22 on Friday. ASML has a 1-year low of $109.62 and a 1-year high of $186.37. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 2.79 and a quick ratio of 1.78. The company has a market cap of $75,041.90, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.70, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.59 and a beta of 1.14.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The semiconductor company reported $1.52 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.28 by $0.24. The firm had revenue of $2.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.22 billion. ASML had a net margin of 22.76% and a return on equity of 21.93%. The firm’s revenue was up 34.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.93 EPS. equities analysts expect that ASML will post 5.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of ASML from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday. B. Riley boosted their price objective on shares of ASML from $162.00 to $166.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price objective on shares of ASML from $140.00 to $152.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. BNP Paribas upgraded shares of ASML from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $210.00 price objective on shares of ASML in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $178.29.

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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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