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There is an old and very important saying for ETF investors: know what you're buying. With crude oil (WTI and Brent) up about 13% on Monday, one might expect huge gains in oil stocks. The largest Energy ETF (XLE) was up only 3.4%. On the other hand, oil-sensitive ETF's like XOP and OIH were up 9% and 11%, respectively. Why?
Applied Materials (AMAT) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.
A Wall Street analyst on Friday raised his price targets on semiconductor equipment makers Applied Materials and Lam Research, citing increased capital spending by key customer Taiwan Semi.
AMAT stock is basing nicely after finding support at the 50-day moving average. Its current cup-shaped base shows a 52.52 buy point.
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There has been strong demand for better and faster communications for literally thousands of years -- from smoke signals to homing pigeons to the Pony Express, telegraphs, and telephones. Call it the thousand-year bull market … one that I can see continuing for another 1,000 years.Fortunately, we don't need to think that far ahead to make money now. In fact, we can start right now. The next great leap in technology and communications is happening as we speak, and this move to 5G is going to be the biggest one yet.Think about how important technology has become to our economy, our lives, and our world over the last century. Take technology away and almost everything collapses.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf that's not the definition of infrastructure, I don't know what is. It used to be roads, and now it's the information super highway. Technology is everywhere … from our computers to our clothes dryers to our cars.Investors who recognized this trend in the 1980s and 1990s and owned the best internet infrastructure stocks made a ton of money:Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was the leader in semiconductors. Those chips were a big part of the foundation, and the stock soared more than 3,500% in the 1990s.Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) made the equipment that made all of those chips. Its return in the 1990s: more than 6,150%.Then there was Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), the king of communications and networking equipment. This stock went from under $1 per share in the early 1990s to $43 by the end of the decade for life-changing returns of nearly 34,000%! (The stock took off so sharply in the late 1990s that you can see how the higher prices on the y-axis are mushed together.)We are now on the verge of the most advanced breakthrough of all -- a new infrastructure that will not only make communications faster but enable virtually all of the coming technological innovations across the world.Just as there were fortunes made in prior generations, there will be big money made once again. In fact, I think this opportunity is even bigger because the leap ahead will drive other tech trends -- some of the most powerful the world has ever seen.Think of it as the next-generation toll road. The road to the future passes through 5G wireless technology, and it's time to set up our booth and start collecting. "A Game Changer for Humanity""Get ready," 5G "is going to change EVERYTHING," says Forbes.ZDNet says it's so critical that it's going to "replace the future."Financial Times calls it simply "a game changer for humanity."5G is poised to fundamentally alter the very fabric of society. This tech is little-known (as of now), but it is going to be the centerpiece of an entire new generation of groundbreaking technologies. That's pretty heady stuff, and I completely agree.It is the key driver of what insiders are already calling the "Next Industrial Revolution."In fact, that's exactly why USA Today claims "it has the potential to usher in the fourth industrial revolution -- it's that massive."MIT calls it "the next technological revolution."Tech insiders are already claiming the impact of 5G will be like the printing press, the internet, and the steam engine.That's why billionaire investors like Bill Gates and Ray Dalio are beginning to invest millions of dollars into this emerging tech. Companies like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are secretly making massive investments in it as well.Here's my prediction: If you invest in 5G today, it could be like getting in on the early days of Amazon, when investors could have made a massive 102,000% gain. Or Alphabet, which has allowed investors who bought when it first went public as Google to make more than 20 TIMES their money.I want to help you do that. How to Get StartedTech insiders estimate more than one trillion devices will be connected over the next 10 to 15 years. Automotive … financial services … agriculture … retail … defense … healthcare … manufacturing … media and entertainment … transportation … public safety … construction. It's all about to be revolutionized.The rollout of 5G is going to be MUCH bigger than 4G.4G was an improvement. 5G is a game changer.When exactly does all of this excitement happen? This time around, we have so many more applications in mind -- just waiting for this breakthrough. $53 TRILLION in new revenue will be added to the economy over the coming years, and those who become early backers of these technologies could make a fortune.It's already started.I believe 5G is so important to our world and to investors that I want to talk much more with you about it in the coming days. I want to make sure you understand what it is, why it's so revolutionary, and most importantly how to make money.I am incredibly excited about this the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I know you will be, too, as you learn more about it. Stay tuned.Matthew McCall left Wall Street to actually help investors -- by getting them into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA) and +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), just to name a few. Click here to see what Matt has up his sleeve now. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Companies Using AI to Grow * The 10 Biggest Winners From Second-Quarter Earnings * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks to Consider for Those Who Can Handle Risk The post 5G Stocks: How to Invest in the Technology That "Is Going to Change Everything" appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials is the IBD Stock Of The Day as the company deftly manages the current chip industry down cycle. Applied stock is nearing a buy point.
Amid China trade hopes, chip stocks are leading the market rally. ASML and Lam Research are in buy zones. Broadcom, Applied Materials and Lattice Semiconductor are close.
Bullish chart patterns yield optimal buy points for stocks, but downward-sloping trend lines can often yield earlier entries.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 05, 2019 -- Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per share payable on.
Semiconductor stocks are on the move, and many are top stocks to buy right now. Traders swarmed chip stocks during Wednesday's rally, and if this morning's strong open is any indication, the gains are likely to continue.A survey of the biggest gainers during yesterday's bull run reveals three attractive characteristics. First, large volume accompanied the price increase showing institutions were entering the fray. Second, semiconductor stocks broke critical resistance zones turning their daily trends higher. Third, the gains in many of the top companies in the space bested the S&P 500's on the session by a wide margin -- revealing powerful relative strength.In isolation, each trait is bullish. Together they create an unbeatable mix pointing to higher prices.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 4 Fintech Alternatives to Square & Fiserv with Big Dividends Let's take a closer look at three semiconductor stocks blasting higher. Intel (INTC)Source: ThinkorSwim Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) shares gained 4.1% clearing short-term resistance at $47.75. This particular ceiling had kept a lid on INTC stock for the past month, halting multiple rally attempts. So shareholders should be cheering that the beast has finally been felled.Moving average users will also note Intel cleared the 50-day moving average and is on the brink of jumping above the 200-day. With a bottom now in place, the stock is well positioned to return to its July peak of $53.Implied volatility is signaling option premiums that are neither cheap nor expensive. So traders can take their pick from the multitude of strategies available. If you're looking for a higher probability play, then sell naked puts. Otherwise, long calls or call spreads beckon. Micron (MU)Source: ThinkorSwim Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) offers a higher volatility and potentially more profitable alternative than Intel. It carries a higher beta and more juicy options premiums. MU stock's price action has been very constructive ever since June's earnings announcement put a floor in the stock.Its 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages are all pointing higher and rising beneath the price in support. A run to $50 seems likely. * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market Micron's cheaper price tag and beefy options premiums make it a great candidate for naked put selling. If you're willing to bet MU stock sits above $45 at October expiration then sell the Oct $45 put for around $1.90. Applied Materials (AMAT)Source: ThinkorSwim Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) rounds out today's trio with one of the more consistent trends of the bunch. It's been trending higher throughout the year and is up 51%, besting the S&P 500's 18% return by a wide margin. Yesterday's breakout cleared key short-term resistance and sets AMAT up to retake its 2019 high of $52.42.Its implied volatility is sinking to the 11th percentile of its one-year range -- making option premiums dirt cheap. Buy the Jan $50/$55 bull call spread for around $2.30. Your risk is limited to $2.30, and the potential reward is $2.70.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Deeply Discounted Energy Stocks to Buy * 7 Stocks to Buy In a Flat Market * 10 Stocks to Buy to Ride China's Emerging Wealth The post 3 Semiconductor Stocks Blasting Higher -- And How to Profit From the Surge appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Despite the current down cycle in the semiconductor industry, a Wall Street firm has turned positive on semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Evercore ISI upgraded KLA and Lam Research.
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Former Vice President Al Gore continues to beat the market at Generation Investment Management, the London-based firm that Gore co-founded and chairs.
Shares of Apple and Silicon Valley's semiconductor companies were pummeled on Friday as President Trump responded to new tariffs from China with a tweet saying he's demanding that American companies "immediately start looking for an alternative to China."
Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) has pleased investors with its latest earnings report. Nvidia stock traded sharply higher to close the week, with shares advancing more than 7%. The sector also got help with peer Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) posting solid earnings as well.Source: Hairem / Shutterstock.com How much will this earnings report matter to Nvidia's longer-term trajectory, however? I argue that these results will do little to shake Nvidia out of its recent funk. As we'll see, Nvidia is making the best of a bad macroeconomic environment. But make no mistake, it will be hard for NVDA stock to rally given the factors that are outside of its control. Gaming Powers a Solid QuarterFor the second quarter, Nvidia beat both earnings and revenues estimates. Revenues topped expectations by a fairly modest $40 million, however, earnings came in hot at $1.24 against the market's outlook for just $1.15 per share. As you might have guessed, the big earnings beat came largely from stronger profit margins rather than better than expected sales.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential The stronger profit margins line up with another encouraging trend: declining inventories. Nvidia's inventories fell to $1.2 billion from $1.43 billion previously.Importantly, Days Sales of Inventory "DSI", a metric that tracks how many days of inventory a company has ready to go, plummeted from 140 to 106. This indicates that conditions within the industry appear to be returning toward average and that the chip glut is largely behind us.Nvidia scored big in gaming in particular. It pulled in more than $1.3 billion in gaming revenues for the quarter. Yes, that figure still slumped 27% from the same quarter last year. But it rebounded 24% from the previous quarter of 2019 as Nvidia notched record gaming laptop sales and launched new product lines for desktop gamers, and video creators.Nvidia expects this positive momentum to continue as a line of highly-anticipated games using ray tracing technology. This should push consumers to upgrade to the latest available Nvidia chips. Not All Great News, HoweverApart from gaming, however, there were significant weaknesses for Nvidia. For one thing, data center revenue rose just 3% sequentially and is still down double digits from last year. Management sees continued weakness in spending trends from large customers.And let's back up for a minute. Nvidia set a really low bar going into this quarter. Sure, they managed to beat guidance, but guidance was atrocious. We're still looking at huge drops in both data center and gaming revenues from last year. Competition from the likes of AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) is clearly pressuring Nvidia's prospects.Going forward, Nvidia posted lower guidance than analysts had expected. Bulls had been hoping for a big gaming turnaround this quarter and that leading to forward momentum going forward.Gaming turned up, but not enough to lift Nvidia's overall prospects. Without things looking a lot better from auto and data centers, NVDA stock will at best chop around if not resume going downward. Nvidia Faces Serious HeadwindsThe elephant in the room remains the trade war. Numerous semiconductor companies have reported that the trade freeze has hit demand. Clearly, it's put a damper on results for both Nvidia and competition such as AMD and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) as well. And the trade war appears to be escalating, witness all the concerns about the Yuan slumping earlier this month.Combine that with more weak guidance from Nvidia, and the outlook for NVDA stock simply isn't good. You have to suspect that analysts are going to lower their revenue and EPS outlooks for 2020 in the coming weeks now.Without growth in data center or spectacular results from auto, there's really not much to get excited about.The gaming revenues are good. That's a solid step for NVDA stock. But shares are still trading at more than 8x sales. You'd normally mark a semiconductor company like this closer to 5x sales, which would put NVDA stock down around $90 to $100 per share.Nvidia investors have priced a whole lot of growth ( along with higher profit margins) from emerging product lines into Nvidia's stock price. This quarter did little to back up those optimistic assumptions. Nvidia Stock VerdictNvidia has been trading in a narrowing range in recent months. On numerous occasions, Nvidia stock has found support between $130 and $150 per share. On the upside, it made a decent run to try to get back over $200 in April, but each subsequent rally has been weaker and weaker.Will Nvidia be able to get out of its declining trading range and resume making gains? While this earnings report certainly was a positive, it's not a game-changer for the firm.Nvidia stock investors don't have to worry about the share price plunging to new lows just yet. But don't expect this earnings rally to be the start of anything much until the trade war is resolved and the company can raise guidance again.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned INTC stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post This Earnings Pop Is a Great Opportunity to Start Dumping Nvidia Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2019 -- Applied Materials, Inc. announced today that Dan Durn, Senior Vice President and CFO, will participate in a question-and-answer session at.
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U.S. stock futures are adding to Friday's sharp rebound. The recovery is likely being aided by the action in the bond market. Bond prices are weakening, and yields are starting to snap-back from their record low levels.Source: Shutterstock Ahead of the bell, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are up 0.1.09% and S&P 500 futures are higher by 1.06%. Nasdaq-100 futures have added 1.33%.In the options pits, call volume led the way ahead of the weekend while overall volume racked up to above-average levels. Approximately 21.2 million calls and 19.2 million puts changed hands on the session.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsWith buyers returning to the field, the CBOE single-session equity put/call volume ratio plunged back down to 0.67. Friday's market recovery and this morning's strong follow-through proves once again that spikes seen in this metric like last week are reliable signals that fear is overdone and a bottom is nigh. The 10-day moving average dropped to 0.76.Options activity was hopping in companies reporting quarterly reports. Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and Nvidia (NYSE:NVDA) all saw heavy volumes amid volatile trading sessions.Let's take a closer look: Applied Materials (AMAT)Applied Materials shares saw a sharp uptick in volatility Friday after the release of third-quarter earnings. Early morning weakness took AMAT stock down as much as 5.4% before buyers emerged and pushed it back to finish down 1.1%. * 10 Best High-Growth Stocks to Buy for Young Investors The semiconductor company posted earnings per share of 74 cents on sales of $3.56 billion. Although both metrics marked a double-digit, year-over-year decline (29% and 14%, respectively), they still beat the Street's estimates.AMAT bulls should be pleased with Friday's price performance for two reasons. First, the stock rallied back to close above the 50-day moving average, which kept its intermediate uptrend intact. Second, it also closed above its prior pivot low after trading below it throughout the morning. Both successes suggest buyers aren't ready to relinquish control, and the path of least resistance remains higher.On the options trading front, puts outpaced calls by over two to one. Total activity swelled to 299% of the average daily volume, with 92,107 contracts traded; 67% of the trading came from put options alone.Premiums were baking in a gap of $2.54 on earnings so with the stock closing down only 53 cents, volatility sellers came out victors. Implied volatility dropped to 19%, and premiums are only pricing in daily moves of 99 cents or 2.1%. Alibaba (BABA)Alibaba stock is on the mend after reporting earnings numbers worth celebrating last week. For the fiscal first quarter, China's e-commerce juggernaut posted revenues of $16.74 billion, marking a 42% increase versus the year-ago quarter. The robust top-line growth helped drive adjusted income per share to $1.83.Wall Street analysts were forecasting earnings of $1.46 per share on revenue of $15.8 billion.A strong two-day rally carried BABA stock into the weekend and shares are up another 1.8% premarket. Its price trend has been a hot mess for months, but it's at least now back above all major moving averages. Overhead resistance looms close at $180, so that's the ceiling that needs to be smashed for the upside momentum to really fire up.On the options trading front, traders came after calls with a vengeance. Activity swelled to 192% of the average daily volume, with 346,809 total contracts traded. Calls claimed 76% of the session's sum.With earnings now in the rearview mirror, implied volatility sank to 31% placing it at the 19th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are pricing in daily moves of $3.46 or 2%. Nvidia (NVDA)Nvidia shares have spent much of 2019 mired in a trading range, but improving earnings may finally give bulls much-needed firepower. The graphics-chip giant released second-quarter earnings for fiscal 2020 after the bell Thursday and investors were pleased with the performance.Although the year-over-year numbers saw double-digit percentage declines, they surpassed the Street's estimates. For the quarter, revenue came in at $2.58 billion, and EPS arrived at $1.24. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul The beat was enough to push NVDA stock up by 7.3%. Unfortunately, the price trend remains as uninspiring as ever. NVDA remains in the middle of its range and needs to break through $180 resistance before a bona fide uptrend takes root. Friday's rally was a big first step, but many more are required before it can reclaim its former uptrend's glory.On the options trading front, traders favored calls throughout the session. Activity rose to 246% of the average daily volume, with 95,629 total contracts traded. Calls added 64% to the day's take.Implied volatility plunged to 38% or the 17th percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are now pricing in daily moves of $3.79 or 2.4%.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Monday's Vital Data: Applied Materials, Alibaba and Nvidia appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Stock futures soared amid President Trump's China trade comments. The choppy stock market rally is hard to handle, with Microsoft and other breakouts struggling. Apple and Zscaler lack bases.