Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chip equipment maker Applied Materials
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Applied Materials' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Applied Materials facts
|Headquarters (founded)||Santa Clara, Calif. (1967)|
|Market Cap||$14.6 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$10.0 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Michael Splinter
CFO George Davis
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||11.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$2.0 billion / $2.0 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 2,104 members who have rated Applied Materials believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Solid balance sheet, exposure to flat panel, solar panel and semi conductor space with growing share of mobile tech. Dividend pays [to] wait, the value here should weather a storm (when the next one comes). The [Varian Semiconductor] acquisition is causing some indigestion. I like, I'm buying.
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