ASML Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (ASML)

ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ:ASML) saw some unusual options trading on Friday. Stock traders bought 759 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 291% compared to the average daily volume of 194 call options.

ASML (NASDAQ ASML) opened at $186.37 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a quick ratio of 1.57 and a current ratio of 2.57. The firm has a market capitalization of $80,128.10, a PE ratio of 36.90, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 1.16. ASML has a twelve month low of $98.84 and a twelve month high of $186.37.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The semiconductor company reported $1.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.28 by $0.24. The firm had revenue of $2.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.22 billion. ASML had a return on equity of 19.82% and a net margin of 23.81%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 34.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.93 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that ASML will post 5.23 EPS for the current year.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Zions Bancorporation lifted its holdings in ASML by 5,802.2% during the third quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 2,715 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $465,000 after acquiring an additional 2,669 shares in the last quarter. Capital Bank & Trust Co lifted its holdings in ASML by 1.0% during the third quarter. Capital Bank & Trust Co now owns 378,988 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $64,883,000 after acquiring an additional 3,841 shares in the last quarter. Whale Rock Capital Management LLC bought a new position in ASML during the third quarter worth about $66,938,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC lifted its holdings in ASML by 18.1% during the third quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,839,320 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $314,892,000 after acquiring an additional 282,357 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. lifted its holdings in ASML by 7.1% during the third quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 13,484 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $2,308,000 after acquiring an additional 890 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 16.07% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of ASML in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $155.00 price objective on shares of ASML in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Bank of America Corporation reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $210.00 price objective on shares of ASML in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised ASML from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $191.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group lifted their price objective on ASML from $140.00 to $152.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $178.29.

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About ASML

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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