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Applied Materials (AMAT) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
Posted on Wednesday January 16, 2019

Applied Materials (AMAT) closed at $33.64 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.33% move from the prior day.

The 5 Best Mutual Funds to Invest In the Semiconductor Space
Posted on Wednesday January 16, 2019

Semiconductor stocks, often viewed as a bellwether segment in the technology sector, are coming off a rough year. In 2018, the PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index, one of the most widely followed gauges of chip stocks, slipped 6.50%. That drop was nearly 200 basis points worse than the S&P 500's. While semiconductor stocks and mutual funds are rebounding to start 2019, some analysts are less than enthusiastic about the group. Morgan Stanley recently lowered its outlook on the semiconductor group, citing deteriorating conditions. Several of the industry's marquee names have also warned about slack demand over the coming quarters. Still, there are some compelling long-term data points to consider when evaluating semiconductor stocks and mutual funds to invest in. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips "The worldwide semiconductor memory market is anticipated to develop at quick pace over the estimate time frame attributable to growing popularity for smartphones and introduction of technologically innovative smart devices," according to Acumen Research and Consulting. "Rapidly increasing mobile computing and rising penetration of Solid-State Drives (SSD) is likewise foreseen to drive the growth of worldwide semiconductor memory market over the forecast time period." * 10 Growth Stocks With the Future Written All Over Them Here are the five best mutual funds for contrarian investors to invest in the semiconductor space. ### Fidelity Select Semiconductors Portfolio (FSELX) Expense Ratio: 0.75%, or $75 annually per $10,000 invested Compared to some of the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the semiconductor universe, the Fidelity Select Semiconductors Portfolio (MUTF:FSELX) is pricey with an annual fee of 0.75%, but investors can realize some cost savings with one of the best mutual funds for semiconductor exposure because Fidelity clients can transact in FSELX free of commissions. Adding to the case for FSELX as one of the best mutual funds for semiconductor exposure is the fund's long-term track record. This Fidelity fund has a lengthy history of outperforming the S&P 500, broader technology benchmarks and some well-known semiconductor indexes. FSELX is a top-heavy fund as its top 10 holdings combine for almost 70% of the fund's weight. That group includes Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA). ### Fidelity Advisor Semiconductors Fund - Class A (FELAX) Expense Ratio: 1.15% The Fidelity Advisor Semiconductors Fund - Class A (MUTF:FELAX) is one of the best mutual funds for investors looking for actively managed exposure to chip stocks. FELAX's primary manager is Steve Barwikowski, who has more than 10 years managing this fund. * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital FELAX has a four-star Morningstar rating and its top 10 holdings represented nearly 71% of the portfolio at the end of last year. As is to be expected, there is some holding overlap between FELAX and the aforementioned FSELX. Not surprisingly, most of FELAX's holdings are classified as growth stocks, primarily large- and mid-cap growth names. ### iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX) Expense Ratio: 0.47% The iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SOXX) is not a mutual fund. It is an ETF, but ETFs are descendants of mutual funds, so a case can be made that SOXX is one of the best mutual funds for those looking for semiconductor funds to invest in. One of the factors making SOXX one of the best mutual funds for chip stocks is cost efficiency relative to the category average. SOXX tracks the aforementioned PHLX SOX Semiconductor Sector Index and holds 30 stocks. Most semiconductor funds, including the best mutual funds, are concentrated in terms of roster size. As a cap-weighted fund, SOXX is also concentrated in terms of how many stocks really drive the fund's outcomes. Broadcom, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) combine for nearly a quarter of the fund's weight. With a three-year standard deviation of 19.55%, SOXX reflects the volatile nature of the semiconductor space and other semiconductor funds, but its price-to-earnings ratio of just over 15 implies some attractive valuations for an industry that usually trades at a premium to the broader market. ### ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Investor Class (SMPIX) Expense Ratio: 1.46% The ProFunds Semiconductor UltraSector Investor Class (MUTF:SMPIX) is one of the best mutual funds for traders looking for some added juice on the semiconductor trade. SMIPX is designed to deliver 1.5 times the daily returns of the Dow Jones U.S. Semiconductor Index. That means that if that index rises 1% on a particular day, SMPIX should add 1.5%. Leveraged funds, be they mutual funds or ETFs, are particularly useful for active, risk-tolerant traders when there are looming catalysts. Earnings season could do the trick for SMPIX. * 7 Stocks to Buy as the Dollar Weakens From Jan. 22 to Feb. 18, about 72% of the PHLX Semiconductor Index's components report earnings, making SMPIX one of the best mutual funds to consider during that three-week span. ### SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD) Expense Ratio: 0.35% There are a limited number of dedicated semiconductor funds, so as was noted earlier, some of the best mutual funds in this space are actually ETFs. The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:XSD) follows the S&P Semiconductor Select Industry Index, which is an equal-weight benchmark. That eliminates some of the concentration risk associated with cap-weighted semiconductor funds. None of XSD's 35 holdings account for more than 3.48% of the fund's weight. Many equal-weight funds are driven by exposure to smaller stocks, but XSD is a large-cap fund as highlighted by a weighted average market capitalization of $25.76 billion for its components. Following a sour performance in 2018, XSD is off to a strong start this year with a year-to-date gain of almost 4%. As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own a position in any of the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital * 10 A-Rated Stocks the Smart Money Is Piling Into * 5 Best Bank ETFs for This Week's Earnings Avalanche Compare Brokers The post The 5 Best Mutual Funds to Invest In the Semiconductor Space appeared first on InvestorPlace.

See what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about Applied Materials Inc.
Posted on Tuesday January 15, 2019

# Applied Materials Inc ### NASDAQ/NGS:AMAT View full report here! ## Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is negative * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate ## Bearish sentiment Short interest | Positive Short interest is extremely low for AMAT with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting AMAT. ## Money flow ETF/Index ownership | Neutral ETF activity is neutral. ETFs that hold AMAT had net inflows of $12.22 billion over the last one-month. While these are not among the highest inflows of the last year, the rate of inflow is increasing. ## Economic sentiment PMI by IHS Markit | Negative According to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Technology sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. ## Credit worthiness Credit default swap | Negative The current level displays a negative indicator. AMAT credit default swap spreads are near their highest levels for the past 1 year, which indicates the market's more negative perception of the company's credit worthiness. Please send all inquiries related to the report to Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing. This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.

5 Fallen-Angel Stocks That Have Been Oversold
Posted on Monday January 14, 2019

Stocks that are cheaper aren't necessarily cheap. Sometimes, oversold stocks aren't necessarily the best stocks to buy. Sometimes, fallen angel stocks have fallen for good reason. But in the broad market selloff in the fourth quarter, it does look like investors dumped some good names. Housing and construction stocks, for instance, seem to be pricing in a recession. Semiconductor stocks have plunged, with investors reverting from pricing in secular growth to believing the sector is the same old cyclical story. In both cases -- and in many other stocks' cases -- investors have sold first, and asked questions later. * 7 Stocks to Buy That Are Run By Billionaires These 5 oversold stocks are among that group. And all five are among the best stocks to buy right now, particularly for investors who believe the market has more upside coming in 2019. Each stock is down at least 30% over the past year. And each of these fallen angels has a path to recover those losses -- and perhaps reach new highs. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ### 5 Oversold Stocks to Buy: Alcoa (AA) Source: Josh Hallett via Flickr (Modified) It's strange to start earnings season without Alcoa (NYSE:AA), who not that long ago led off the quarterly barrage of corporate earnings reports. But the change highlights the lower importance of the former Dow Jones Industrial Average component (it was removed in 2013). Indeed, at this point, Alcoa seems not only like a fallen angel -- but a forgotten one. AA stock soared on the 'Trump trade' in 2017. It's pulled back steadily since, falling by nearly half over the past year and touching a 2-year low in December. There's reason to see a bounce on the way in 2019, however. Earlier this month, InvestorPlace's Nicholas Chahine highlighted a strong technical setup. Fundamentally, the lower price seems to incorporate at least some of the cyclical risk here. At 8.3x forward earnings, it doesn't take much of a change in sentiment for AA stock to bounce back. Wednesday's report could be a catalyst for that bounce. ### 5 Oversold Stocks to Buy: Goldman Sachs (GS) Source: Shutterstock The market hasn't forgotten Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), which is now one of the most oversold stocks in the financial sector. Indeed, it's paying close attention -- but it doesn't like what it sees. Most notably, the 1MDB scandal has raised significant financial and reputational risk for Goldman. The firm could be on the hook for billions of dollars in penalties. Investment banking rivals, notably Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), are making inroads. There are cracks starting to show in the business model; combined with fears of a downturn in the stock market (and thus corporate activity), the selling pressure on GS stock has been intense. Indeed, Goldman stock, like AA, hit a two-year low in December. But there's a contrarian case that GS is one of the best stocks to buy in the financial sector right now. Valuation is low: most notably, GS stock trades at a discount to book value. Even assuming the company had to repay the full $8 billion raised by 1MDB - an unlikely outcome -- it would still trade at a modest premium to the net value of its assets. * 10 A-Rated Stocks the Smart Money Is Piling Into For a franchise like Goldman Sachs, even with concerns elsewhere, that seems far too low. And as 1MDB works itself out, and investors settle down, I expect GS stock to start moving higher -- and likely at least past $200. ### 5 Oversold Stocks to Buy: Applied Materials (AMAT) Source: Shutterstock As noted, chip stocks had a rough run of it in 2018, and equipment manufacturer Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) was no exception. AMAT stock is down 35% over the past year, and off 46% from its 52-week high. The decline has come mostly from a change in expectations. As I pointed out early last year, bulls started to believe that so-called 'semicaps' like Applied Materials and Lam Research (NASDAQ:LRCX) weren't cyclical anymore. With so many drivers of multi-year chip demand -- Internet of Things, cloud services, increasing automotive content -- the 'boom and bust' nature of chip manufacturing would flatten out. And AMAT and LRCX, in that scenario, would receive higher earnings multiples for more consistent profits. Instead, recent results from Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Micron (NASDAQ:MU), among others, have confirmed that this time isn't different. The cycle still holds. And AMAT has seen its valuation shrink as a result. But it's shrunk to a point where that cyclicality now looks priced in. And it leaves AMAT as potentially the best play in the chip space, as I wrote last month. Short-term headwinds are real, but long-term trends remain intact. At ~8x earnings, AMAT is priced for a decline in profits. But if and when investors see growth return, that multiple should expand -- and AMAT shares should rise. ### 5 Oversold Stocks to Buy: Kraft Heinz (KHC) Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr It would seem like Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC) would be among the safest of the oversold stocks, particularly after a 41% decline over the past year. Food manufacturers like KHC traditionally have been considered the best stocks to buy for investors playing defense against a risky broad market: after all, consumers have to eat. But this isn't a low-risk play, as that 41% decline proves. Kraft Heinz has a heavily leveraged balance sheet. The consumer packaged goods space is seeing intense pressure. 3G Capital is selling down its stake in KHC. The 'set it and forget it' case for a stock like KHC isn't there the way it was a decade or two ago. That said, near the lows, KHC might be worth a flyer. Debt should be manageable given strong free cash flow. The dividend yields 5.5% (though a cut isn't out of the question). A 12x forward multiple means the stock is pricing in basically zero growth. And Kraft Heinz could look to make a acquisition -- Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) long has been rumored, though that looks like a bad deal -- or consider selling assets to strengthen the balance sheet. * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now Again, there are risks here; KHC isn't a safe stock. But for investors who understand those risks -- and aren't just buying for the 5%+ dividend -- there's a "buy the dip" case here. ### 5 Oversold Stocks to Buy: United Rentals (URI) Source: Shutterstock United Rentals (NYSE:URI) has taken a beating as fears of slowing construction have risen. The stock is down 39% from early 2018 highs, and touched -- you guessed it -- a two-year low last month. Here, too, it looks like investors are pricing in a quick cyclical reversal: URI trades at just 6.2x next year's earnings. Yet the company gave strong 2019 guidance last month, which may have put in a bottom for United Rentals stock. Obviously, the cycle is a risk: if macro sentiment weakens and/or the broad market falls, URI likely is going to follow. But for investors who see a stronger economy on the way, URI has a path to huge gains. Even 9-10x earnings suggests the stock could rise some 50%. As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Key Emerging-Market Stocks to Buy for Contrarian Investors * 7 Stocks at Risk of the Global Smartphone Slowdown * 7 Pharmaceutical Stocks That Just Raised Prices This Year Compare Brokers The post 5 Fallen-Angel Stocks That Have Been Oversold appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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