Applied Materials, Inc. ( AMAT ) will begin trading ex-dividend on August 19, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.1 per share is scheduled to be paid on September 11, 2014. Shareholders who purchased AMAT stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 6th quarter that AMAT has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $22.48, the dividend yield is 1.78%.
The previous trading day's last sale of AMAT was $22.48, representing a -4.18% decrease from the 52 week high of $23.46 and a 51.38% increase over the 52 week low of $14.85.
AMAT is a part of the Technology sector, which includes companies such as Intel Corporation ( INTC ) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. ( TSM ). AMAT's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $.81. Zacks Investment Research reports AMAT's forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as 79.94%, compared to an industry average of -.4%.
Interested in gaining exposure to AMAT through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have AMAT as a top-10 holding:
- iShares Goldman Sachs Semiconductor Index Fund ( SOXX )
- Elements Exchange Traded Notes Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Tot ( WMW )
- Merrill Lynch Semiconductor HOLDRS ( SMH )
- Columbia Select Large Cap Value ETF ( GVT )
- streetTRACKS Morgan Stanley Technology Index Fund ( MTK ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is SMH with an increase of 10.73% over the last 100 days. SOXX has the highest percent weighting of AMAT at 6.44%.