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Chip equipment supplier Applied Materials reported better than expected quarterly earnings after the market close Thursday BUT guided lower. $AMAT shares fell 9% and dragged other chipmakers, the Nasdaq and other U.S. indices lower.

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The company and others in the semiconductor capital equipment sector have been benefiting from chipmakers and display manufacturers upgrading their factories to make the latest technologies for hot sectors including gaming, data and machine learning. With strong reports from $NVDA and others the forward guidance came as a surprise.


$AMAT earned an adjusted $1.22 a share, up 54% year over year on sales of $4.57 billion, up 29% for the quarter ended April 29. These were both ahead of analysts expectations of  an adjusted $1.14 a share on sales of $4.45 billion.


Applied Materials Inc NASDAQ: $AMAT

$49.12 ▼ 4.87 (-9.02%)

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Note: Prices updated at May 18, 12:02 PM EDT


  • Applied Materials expects for the current quarter to earn an adjusted $1.17 a share.
  • Sales expected at $4.43 billion, based on the midpoint of its guidance. That would translate to year-over-year increases of 36% and 18%, respectively.
  • But Wall Street had been modeling $AMAT to earn an adjusted $1.16 a share on sales of $4.53 billion.


Applied Materials earnings Q2 2018

Source: AMAT; AlphaStreet

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