Shares of ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the nineteen research firms that are presently covering the firm. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, nine have issued a hold recommendation and nine have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $128.50.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on ASML shares. Zacks Investment Research raised ASML Holding NV from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $144.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, March 21st. Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of ASML Holding NV in a report on Sunday, April 23rd. Stifel Nicolaus raised ASML Holding NV from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 20th. Exane BNP Paribas raised ASML Holding NV from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 8th. Finally, ABN Amro started coverage on ASML Holding NV in a report on Monday, January 30th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock.

Shares of ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) traded down 0.79% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $133.83. 3,122,131 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $132.79 and its 200-day moving average is $120.68. ASML Holding NV has a 52-week low of $91.15 and a 52-week high of $137.27. The company has a market capitalization of $57.54 billion, a PE ratio of 33.70 and a beta of 1.23.

ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, April 19th. The semiconductor company reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.99 by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $1.94 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.82 billion. ASML Holding NV had a return on equity of 16.76% and a net margin of 21.62%. ASML Holding NV’s revenue was up 45.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.46 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts forecast that ASML Holding NV will post $4.41 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, May 2nd were given a $1.082 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, April 28th. ASML Holding NV’s payout ratio is 27.03%.

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Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. FMR LLC raised its stake in shares of ASML Holding NV by 345.0% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 3,728,677 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $495,168,000 after buying an additional 2,890,835 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in shares of ASML Holding NV by 1,837.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,544,452 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $337,903,000 after buying an additional 2,413,090 shares during the last quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership raised its stake in shares of ASML Holding NV by 31.8% in the first quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership now owns 2,106,155 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $279,697,000 after buying an additional 508,561 shares during the last quarter. Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. raised its stake in shares of ASML Holding NV by 860.7% in the first quarter. Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. now owns 1,990,999 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $264,405,000 after buying an additional 1,783,759 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Capital Guardian Trust Co. purchased a new stake in shares of ASML Holding NV during the fourth quarter worth approximately $131,462,000. 8.69% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About ASML Holding NV

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services.

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