Legal & General Group Plc lessened its position in shares of ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) by 49.3% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 1,700 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 1,655 shares during the quarter. Legal & General Group Plc’s holdings in ASML were worth $265,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Greenleaf Trust raised its position in ASML by 2.8% in the 4th quarter. Greenleaf Trust now owns 2,183 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $340,000 after purchasing an additional 59 shares during the last quarter. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. raised its position in ASML by 1.3% in the 4th quarter. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. now owns 8,573 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $1,334,000 after purchasing an additional 106 shares during the last quarter. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI raised its position in ASML by 4.0% in the 4th quarter. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI now owns 3,900 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $607,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares during the last quarter. Claybrook Capital LLC bought a new position in ASML in the 4th quarter valued at $26,000. Finally, 1832 Asset Management L.P. raised its position in ASML by 1.6% in the 4th quarter. 1832 Asset Management L.P. now owns 12,500 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $1,945,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. 16.24% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Shares of ASML stock traded down $2.22 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $191.53. 477,735 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 724,560. The company has a quick ratio of 1.87, a current ratio of 2.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26. ASML Holding NV has a twelve month low of $144.50 and a twelve month high of $221.66. The stock has a market cap of $81.63 billion, a PE ratio of 26.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.44 and a beta of 1.17.
ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.43 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.54 by $0.89. ASML had a return on equity of 22.70% and a net margin of 23.66%. The business had revenue of $2.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.10 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.26 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 2.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that ASML Holding NV will post 7.1 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several equities analysts have issued reports on ASML shares. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of ASML in a research report on Thursday, April 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $179.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 23rd. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded ASML from a “conviction-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 15th. Liberum Capital upgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, February 4th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 30th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. ASML presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $201.80.
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ASML Holding N.V. develops, produces, markets, sells, and services advanced semiconductor equipment systems consisting of lithography related systems primarily in the Netherlands, the United States, and Asia. It sells Holistic Lithography solutions, which integrate its three categories of products, including DUV lithography, EUV lithography, and Applications.
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