Stocks to Watch: Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT), ASML Holding (NASDAQ:ASML), Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX), Cree (NASDAQ:CREE)

Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share payable on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on June 12, 2014 to stockholders of record as of May 22, 2014. Shares of Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) closed at $18.84 in last trading session. Yesterday share price of the company was traded in the range of $18.65 – $19.02. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) price to sales ratio in past twelve months was calculated as 2.80 and price to cash ratio as 9.93. Company now has a market value of $22.82 billion.

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates ASML Holding NV (ADR) (NASDAQ:ASML) as a buy. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. ASML Holding NV (ADR) (NASDAQ:ASML) stock traded in the range of $88.29 – $89.43 and at the end of the day, it closed at $89.38. ASML Holding NV (ADR) (NASDAQ:ASML) return on equity ratio is recorded as 16.80% and its return on assets is 10.00%.

Shares of Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ:LRCX) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty-two brokerages that are covering the company, Analyst Ratings Net reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seventeen have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $60.35. Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) after opening at $51.73, moved down -0.31% to $50.96 on last trading day. It’s 52 week range is $39.94 – $56.52.

Shares of Cree (NASDAQ:CREE) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-six ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, AnalystRatings.NET reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, thirteen have given a hold recommendation, ten have assigned a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $63.18. Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE) stock hit highest price at $61.50, beginning with a price of $60.32 and increased 2.32% to the close at $60.85 with day range of $60.05 – 61.50. The total market capitalization of the stock is $7.40 billion.

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