Applied Materials Slowdown

And, Ross Stores’ bad economic outlook.

Steven Lerner
Steven Lerner

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Applied Materials Slowdown

Despite posting better-than-expected earnings, Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT) dropped 1.40% in after-hours trading on Thursday.

Financials: Applied Materials reported earnings of $2 per share in the past quarter and revenue of $6.63 billion; both were better than expected.

Details: Revenue grew 6%. There was an increase in sales for both semiconductor systems and applied global services.

Outlook: The problem with Applied Materials is the guidance for the current quarter. Applied Materials expects revenue to be around $6.15 billion and earnings per share to be between $1.56 to $1.92. This guidance is better than expected, but it still represents a decline in sales from the previous quarter.

Powering the Story: While CEO Gary Dickerson said that the company’s “longer-term outlook is very positive,” there are concerns because the gross margin and operating margin both decreased.

Stock Price: Shares of Applied Materials are up 34% in 2023, including a 17% increase in the last 30 days.

Final Thoughts: The semiconductor space has been challenging, especially with global supply and demand. Some investors are worried about the industry.


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Notable IPOs Today: Oak Woods Acquisition Corporation Class A Ordinary Shares (Nasdaq: OAKU), SEALSQ Corp Ordinary Shares When Issued (Nasdaq: LAESV), WISeKey International Holding Ltd Ex-distribution When Issued (Nasdaq: WKEYV), Tidal Trust II (NYSE ARCA: AMPD), X-Square Series Trust (Nasdaq: ZTAX).

Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: Roxi Fantasy Gaming (Rialto Markets), Uncommon Path Brewing (Mainvest), Atlas Brew Works (Mainvest), CureLab Veterinary (Netcapital).

Notable Economic Events Today: N/A.

Ross Stores’ Bad Economic Outlook

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Economic concerns dampened the earnings results for Ross Stores (Nasdaq: ROST), sending shares down 0.84% in after-hours trading on Thursday.

Financials: Ross Stores reported earnings of $1.09 per share in the past quarter and revenue of $4.5 billion; both were better than expected.

But: Operating margins dropped due to inflationary pressures and higher incentive compensation. Ross Stores said that comparable store sales in the current quarter are projected to be flat.

Quote: “There remains a high level of uncertainty in today’s macro-economic and geopolitical environments. In addition, prolonged inflationary pressures continue to negatively impact our low-to-moderate income customers’ discretionary spend.” - CEO Barbara Rentler.

Final Thoughts: The stock is down 9% this year. Ross Stores is warning about inflation and the impact it is having on consumers. This is a problem that could hurt a lot of retailers.

XRP Grows As Other Cryptos Fall

As other cryptocurrency prices dropped Thursday, XRP jumped by over 3%.

Final Thoughts: XRP, which is from the Ripple ledger, is benefiting from positive Ripple news this week. Ripple said on Thursday that it will showcase a real estate asset tokenization solution.

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