UPDATE: Applied Materials' stock rallies after RBC raises rating, price target
Shares of Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) rallied 1.4% in premarket trade Monday, after the chip equipment company was upgraded at RBC Capital, which was upbeat about the company's wafer front end (WFE) business. Analyst Amit Daryanani raised the rating to outperform from sector perform and boosted the price target to $55 from $48. Daryanani said that with about 34% of revenue coming from display and services, Applied Materials is better positioned to deal with WFE cyclicality compared with its peers. "While we understand cyclical concerns, we think current WFE levels are sustainable for a longer time frame" given a material shift in capital intensity, which should allow the company to guide fiscal 2020 earnings per share to above $4.00 at the analyst day scheduled for Sept. 27. The stock has run up 9.4% over the past three months through Friday, while the PHLX Semiconductor Index has climbed 7.4% and the S&P 500 has gained 2.8%.
-Tomi Kilgore; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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