Applied Materials Inc. today released the results of the third annual solar energy survey, a day before 21st June when the northern hemisphere celebrates the summer solstice. Applied Materials provides equipment, services and software that supports the production of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products.
President of the Solar division of Applied Materials, Dr.
Margins matter. The moreApplied Materials(Nasdaq:AMAT)keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders fromthe best stocks in the market. That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons to sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Applied Materials's competitive position could be.
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