KLA-Tencor (KLAC) Receives Daily Media Impact Rating of 0.27

Media headlines about KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) have trended positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. KLA-Tencor earned a daily sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.6940574659517 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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Shares of KLAC stock traded up $0.87 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $118.06. The company had a trading volume of 1,456,721 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,557,766. The company has a current ratio of 3.73, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.03. KLA-Tencor has a 52-week low of $87.93 and a 52-week high of $123.96. The firm has a market capitalization of $18,164.80, a P/E ratio of 28.45 and a beta of 1.43.

KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The semiconductor company reported $1.97 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.73 by $0.24. KLA-Tencor had a return on equity of 85.81% and a net margin of 17.28%. The firm had revenue of $975.82 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $968.00 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.52 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.3% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that KLA-Tencor will post 7.71 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 1st. Investors of record on Tuesday, May 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.75 per share. This is an increase from KLA-Tencor’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.59. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.54%. KLA-Tencor’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 56.87%.

KLA-Tencor announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback program on Monday, March 19th that authorizes the company to buyback $2.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the semiconductor company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on KLAC. Bank of America began coverage on KLA-Tencor in a report on Wednesday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $140.00 price objective for the company. Argus decreased their price objective on KLA-Tencor from $135.00 to $115.98 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday. BidaskClub raised KLA-Tencor from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Susquehanna Bancshares raised KLA-Tencor from a “negative” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, February 22nd. Finally, UBS raised KLA-Tencor to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, February 22nd. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the company. KLA-Tencor currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $121.27.

In other KLA-Tencor news, EVP Ahmad A. Khan sold 2,975 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, February 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.71, for a total value of $296,637.25. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Emiko Higashi sold 500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.84, for a total value of $52,920.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 15,131 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,601,465.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 23,445 shares of company stock valued at $2,579,450. Corporate insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

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About KLA-Tencor

KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLA-Tencor) is a supplier of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries. The Company’s products are also used in a number of other high technology industries, including the light emitting diode (LED) and data storage industries, as well as general materials research.

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