News stories about KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. KLA-Tencor earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.5077511497256 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- BRIEF-TSMC’s Nanjing Subsidiary Orders Machinery Equipment Worth T$653 Mln from KLA-Tencor (feeds.reuters.com)
- KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) – An Eye on P/E Ratio of The Stock – Nasdaq Journal (press release) (nasdaqjournal.com)
- Shares of KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC) are value at $112.45 – Wall Street Morning (wallstreetmorning.com)
- First Week of February 2018 Options Trading For KLA-Tencor (KLAC) (nasdaq.com)
- Lam, Applied Rising: Micron Triumph Restores Equipment Confidence (finance.yahoo.com)
Several brokerages recently commented on KLAC. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of KLA-Tencor in a research note on Sunday, October 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised KLA-Tencor from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $121.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Argus assumed coverage on KLA-Tencor in a research note on Wednesday, November 29th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $125.00 price objective on the stock. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $129.00 price objective (up previously from $120.00) on shares of KLA-Tencor in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $136.00 price objective on shares of KLA-Tencor in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $110.26.
KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The semiconductor company reported $1.80 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.63 by $0.17. The company had revenue of $970.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $946.86 million. KLA-Tencor had a return on equity of 84.61% and a net margin of 27.82%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 29.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.16 earnings per share. analysts predict that KLA-Tencor will post 7.31 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were given a dividend of $0.59 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $2.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.19%. KLA-Tencor’s payout ratio is currently 36.14%.
In related news, Director Emiko Higashi sold 500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $101.26, for a total value of $50,630.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 15,229 shares in the company, valued at $1,542,088.54. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Chairman Edward W. Barnholt sold 10,914 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $104.90, for a total value of $1,144,878.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 34,400 shares of company stock valued at $3,585,084. 0.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLA-Tencor) is a supplier of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries. The Company’s products are also used in a number of other high technology industries, including the light emitting diode (LED) and data storage industries, as well as general materials research.
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