Comparing Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) & Natcore Technology (NASDAQ:NTCXF)

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) and Natcore Technology (OTCMKTS:NTCXF) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Applied Materials and Natcore Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Applied Materials 0 9 14 0 2.61
Natcore Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Applied Materials currently has a consensus target price of $51.50, indicating a potential upside of 9.37%. Given Applied Materials’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Applied Materials is more favorable than Natcore Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Applied Materials and Natcore Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Applied Materials 19.40% 39.83% 16.70%
Natcore Technology N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Applied Materials and Natcore Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Applied Materials $17.25 billion 2.56 $3.31 billion $4.45 10.59
Natcore Technology N/A N/A -$1.27 million N/A N/A

Applied Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Natcore Technology.

Volatility & Risk

Applied Materials has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natcore Technology has a beta of 7.8, indicating that its stock price is 680% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Applied Materials pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Natcore Technology does not pay a dividend. Applied Materials pays out 18.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.7% of Applied Materials shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Applied Materials shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Applied Materials beats Natcore Technology on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Applied Materials Company Profile

Applied Materials, Inc. provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, display, and related industries. It operates through three segments: Semiconductor Systems, Applied Global Services, and Display and Adjacent Markets. The Semiconductor Systems segment develops, manufactures, and sells various manufacturing equipment that is used to fabricate semiconductor chips or integrated circuits. This segment also offers various technologies, including epitaxy, ion implantation, oxidation and nitridation, rapid thermal processing, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, chemical mechanical planarization, electrochemical deposition, atomic layer deposition, etching, and selective removal, as well as metrology and inspection tools. The Applied Global Services segment provides integrated solutions to optimize equipment and fab performance and productivity comprising spares, upgrades, services, remanufactured earlier generation equipment, and factory automation software for semiconductor, display, and other products. The Display and Adjacent Markets segment offers products for manufacturing liquid crystal displays; organic light-emitting diodes; and other display technologies for TVs, monitors, laptops, personal computers, electronic tablets, smart phones, and other consumer-oriented devices, as well as equipment for flexible substrates. The company serves manufacturers of semiconductor wafers and chips, liquid crystal and organic light-emitting diode displays, and other electronic devices. It operates in the United States, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Applied Materials, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

Natcore Technology Company Profile

Natcore Technology Inc., a research and development company, develops and owns technology for the manufacturing of solar cells. The company offers laser-processed back-contact cells and liquid phase deposition technology, which enables the controlled deposition of silicon dioxide and mixed silicon oxides from an aqueous solution at ambient temperatures and pressures. It focuses on using its nanotechnology discoveries to enable various applications consisting of laser processing, tandem quantum-dot solar cells, and Natcore Foil Cell structure. The company also provides technical consultancy services for the design and construction of solar cell/solar panel fabrication facilities, and solar power plants. Natcore Technology Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida.

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