5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Applied Materials

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chip equipment maker Applied Materials (NAS: AMAT) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Applied Materials' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Applied Materials facts

Headquarters (founded)

Santa Clara, Calif. (1967)

Market Cap

$14.6 billion


Semiconductor equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.0 billion


Chairman/CEO Michael Splinter
CFO George Davis

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$2.0 billion / $2.0 billion

Dividend Yield



Lam Research
Tokyo Electron

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 2,104 members who have rated Applied Materials believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just a couple of days ago , one of those Fools, chicagoadvisor, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Solid balance sheet, exposure to flat panel, solar panel and semi conductor space with growing share of mobile tech. Dividend pays [to] wait, the value here should weather a storm (when the next one comes). The [Varian Semiconductor] acquisition is causing some indigestion. I like, I'm buying.

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