ASML Holding N.V. (ASML): Technicals Say You should Hold

ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ:ASML) saw an upside of 2.64% to $744.19 after adding $19.14 on Wednesday. The 5-day average trading volume is 871,227 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $753.67 in the past week. An average of 1,127,917 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 822,155.

ASML’s 1-month performance is -16.78% or -$128.73 on its low of $709.03 reached on 10/04/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $357.38 and high of $895.93, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 09/14/21. YTD, ASML has achieved 48.66% or $254.79. However, the current price is down -16.94%% from the 52-week high price.

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Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 64.90 and a low of 20.61. ASML stock has a beta of 1.08. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 16.12 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 21.36, with the price to cash flow ratio at 44.21.

ASML Holding N.V. pays an annual dividend of $3.18 per share. Its dividend yield is 0.43% and the payout ratio is 20.50%. ASML’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on May. 12, when it paid $1.8864 a share compared with prior rate of $1.4095, up 25.28% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.4768 reported on Monday January 25 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 118.29% yearly.

It is projected that ASML Holding N.V.’s next ex-dividend date will be on NV. ASML is expected to distribute $5-Nov as its next dividend.

ASML Holding N.V.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.30, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.90 meaning that ASML stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.38, while the total debt to equity was 0.00. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 51.20%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 32.38% while for the period ending June 29; ASML Holding N.V.’s operating margin was 33.30%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $7.76 billion against revenue of $15.97 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, ASML Holding N.V.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $1.46 billion against total debt of $4.63 billion. Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected ASML to announce $2.93 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $3.04, representing a 3.80% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $1.63 billion. ASML stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 18.94 billion, with total debt at $4.63 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 12 October was 40.25% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 33.26%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $733.31, reflecting a +1.37% or $10.01 change from its current price. ASML is currently trading -16.51% above its 20-day SMA, +16.16% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -4.75% and +54.61% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 12.15% and 11.59% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 22.22. The RSI (14) points at 39.59%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 20.37% with the period’s ATR at 21.91. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -2.03 and -24.93 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for ASML Holding N.V. (NASDAQ: ASML), New Street downgraded it to a Neutral rating. They previously had a Buy rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for ASML stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate ASML as a “sell,”, while 5 advise that investors “Hold.” 2 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 3 rates the stock as overweight while 22 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is ASML’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $779.00 and a high of $975.00, with their median price target at $945.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) stock is $911.25.


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