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Solar power gaining popularity amid decreasing installation costs

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.

Is Applied Materials Working Hard Enough for You?

Margins matter. The more Applied 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 from the 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.

How Much of a Bargain Is Applied Materials' Stock by the Numbers?

 Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:


Applied Materials' Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can you give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth.

Applied Materials CEO, supporting Economic Recovery Act

Washington, February 14: President and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc.(Nasdaq:AMAT), Mike Splinter, supported Congressional passage of the Economic Recovery Act (ERA) conference report.

He said, “This bill does a lot for solar, and will create thousands of ‘green’ jobs just when we need them most.

“The manufacturing credit is a huge step forward to put Americans to work making solar panels so we all can benefit from clean, affordable renewable energy. “

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 include several important provisions for Applied Materials and solar energy deployment.

The bill will create a new, 30 percent tax credit for facilities and equipment engaged in the manufacture of renewable energy-generating property.

The other tax provisions are key components to realize the potential that Congress intended when it enacted a long-term extension of the solar investment tax credit last year.