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Enough top-performing CAPS members have recently turned bullish on Applied Materials
While Applied Materials is seeing sales of semiconductor equipment sagging, the bright side is that revenue from its solar-panel business is growing. Last year it landed a $250 million deal to supply equipment for a thin-film plant in India, and this February it received a massive $1.9 billion order. Thin is definitely in with Applied Materials, and supplying thin-film solar lines to LDK Solar
Applied is expanding geographically, too, with plans to bolster its supply capability with a $60 million to $70 million plant in Singapore that will be completed in late 2009. New contracts are taking the company to new regions as well, with a deal with Masdar to build 210 megawatts of solar module production capacity in Abu Dhabi and an award from Italian renewable energy company Moncada Energy to supply it with a thin-film line.
The heavy load of thin-film orders has CAPS members bullish, with 94% of the 1,303 members rating the company expecting it to outperform the market.
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