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KLA-Tencor (KLAC) Stock Reaches a 52-Week High of $108.28

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Shares of KLA-Tencor CorporationKLAC hit a new 52-week high of $108.28 on Jun 6, eventually closing at $107.80. The stock has returned 51.2% in the last one year and has added approximately 38.6% year to date.

Also, the company's shares outperformed the Zacks Semiconductor Equipment - Wafer Fabrication industry in the last two years. While the stock returned 92.9%, the industry gained only 77.4%.

Notably, the company has witnessed a 4.3% jump in its share price following its encouraging third-quarter fiscal 2017 results on Apr 27.

Currently, KLA-Tencorsports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Notably, the company has a market cap of $16.9 billion. Average volume of shares traded in the last three months was roughly 1,128K.

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KLA is one of the leading suppliers of inspection and metrology products and services.

The company reported strong fiscal third-quarter results wherein both earnings and revenues exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Non-GAAP earnings of $1.62 per share were up a massive 43.8% from the year-ago quarter. Revenues of $913.8 million were up 4.2% sequentially and 28.4% from the year-ago quarter. The increase was due to strong customer acceptance for the company's new products.

Also, KLA provided strong guidance for the upcoming quarter. For the fourth-quarter fiscal 2017, KLA expects shipments of $890-$970 million. Quarterly revenues are expected between $885 million and $945 million, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at 920.1 million. Non-GAAP EPS is expected in the range of $1.46-$1.66, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $1.59.

Also, KLA has an impressive record of returning cash to shareholders through regular dividends payouts. In the third quarter, the company returned $85.5 million through cash dividends to shareholders.

Moreover, KLA-Tencor continues to focus on innovation and is expected to benefit from its new product-development strategy. KLA has introduced a number of new front-end defect inspection products that are expected to augment its existing portfolio.

Additionally, KLA delivered an average positive earnings surprise of nearly 11.55% in the trailing four quarters. The company's comprehensive product line, cost reduction initiatives, continued innovation and strong long-term growth potential, position it well.

KLA-Tencor Corporation Price and Consensus

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