ASML Target of Unusually High Options Trading (ASML)

ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) was the target of some unusual options trading on Tuesday. Stock investors purchased 4,334 put options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 992% compared to the average daily volume of 397 put options.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut ASML from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. B. Riley reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $166.00 target price (up previously from $162.00) on shares of ASML in a report on Monday, October 16th. Sanford C. Bernstein reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $184.00 target price (up previously from $172.50) on shares of ASML in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Susquehanna Bancshares raised ASML from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating and increased their target price for the company from $130.00 to $190.00 in a report on Monday, September 18th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered ASML from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $179.71.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ASML. First Trust Advisors LP grew its holdings in shares of ASML by 23.1% during the second quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 63,660 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $8,296,000 after buying an additional 11,926 shares during the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. boosted its holdings in ASML by 4.4% in the 2nd quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 6,571 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $856,000 after purchasing an additional 274 shares in the last quarter. Geneva Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in ASML by 12.9% in the 2nd quarter. Geneva Advisors LLC now owns 21,070 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $2,746,000 after purchasing an additional 2,401 shares in the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. boosted its holdings in ASML by 86.6% in the 2nd quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 19,111 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $2,490,000 after purchasing an additional 8,869 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. boosted its holdings in ASML by 21.2% in the 2nd quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 3,893 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $507,000 after purchasing an additional 680 shares in the last quarter. 16.59% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

ASML (NASDAQ ASML) traded up $2.32 during trading on Friday, reaching $180.87. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 710,316 shares, compared to its average volume of 938,334. ASML has a one year low of $114.75 and a one year high of $186.37. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 1.78 and a current ratio of 2.79. The firm has a market capitalization of $77,370.00, a PE ratio of 32.47, a PEG ratio of 1.23 and a beta of 1.14.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The semiconductor company reported $1.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.28 by $0.24. The company had revenue of $2.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.22 billion. ASML had a return on equity of 19.28% and a net margin of 23.81%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 34.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.93 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that ASML will post 5.28 earnings per share for the current year.

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ASML Company Profile

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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