KLA-Tencor stock: buy or sell?

KLAC stock price: $178.73 -1.21% At close on January 17th, 2020

Updated on:
January 17th, 2020


After climbing for 4 sessions, Friday KLA-Tencor declined an unpleasant -1.21%, closing at $178.73.

KLA-Tencor Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nano-electronics industries worldwide.

Should I buy KLA-Tencor stock?

Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. That's why is so important to define your own trading strategy that matches with your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with KLA-Tencor stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is KLA-Tencor stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we collected 15 ratings published for KLAC stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for KLAC stock, with 10 positive ratings.
Is KLAC a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-3Evercore ISIIn-LineOutperform
2019-9-18Bank of American/aBuy
2019-9-11UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-9-10Wells Fargo & CoMarket PerformPositive
2019-9-10Wells Fargo & Con/aMarket Perform
2019-8-6Wells Fargo & Con/aMarket Perform
2019-8-6UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-8-6JPMorgan Chase & Co.n/aOverweight
2019-8-6Deutsche Bankn/aHold
2019-8-6Credit Suisse Groupn/aOutperform

KLA-Tencor stock analysis

Daily outlook

After climbing for 4 days, Friday KLA-Tencor declined an unpleasant -1.21%, closing at $178.73.

After climbing for 4 days, Friday KLA-Tencor declined an unpleasant -1.21%, closing at $178.73. On January/2, KLAC hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on November tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers. Since price and SMA50d lines crossed up on Dec 11th, KLAC climbed $16.36 (10.08%).

KLAC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

KLA-Tencor shares jumped 3.31% this week, ending at $178.73.

KLAC shows a long term strength with several rising tops and rising bottoms. It left a new bottom at $171.95 last week. Previous top ($182.70) will play as a resistance in possible new gains. Not so far away is the last all-time high KLA-Tencor marked late December 2019. Early June KLAC price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides. Since late March 2019 when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, KLAC price gained $60.27 per share (50.88%).

KLAC stock chart (weekly)

KLA-Tencor stock price history

KLA-Tencor stock went public on October 8th, 1980 with a price of $0.001. Since then, KLAC stock grew a inf%, with an average of inf% per year. If you had invested right after KLAC's IPO a $1,000 in KLA-Tencor stock in 1980, it would worth $inf today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

KLA-Tencor stock historical price chart

KLAC stock reached all-time highs on Jan 2nd with a price of $182.70.

KLA-Tencor stock price target is $158.00

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we found 14 price predictions for KLA-Tencor stock:
KLAC stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-23CitigroupRaises Target$156.50$180.0015%
2019-9-18Bank of AmericaRaises Target$150.00$175.0016.7%
2019-9-12KeyCorpRaises Target$152.00$162.006.6%
2019-9-11UBS GroupRaises Target$150.00$165.0010%
2019-9-10Wells Fargo & CoReiterates$120.00$150.0025%
2019-9-10Wells Fargo & CoRaises Target$120.00$150.0025%
2019-8-6Wells Fargo & CoRaises Target$115.00$120.004.3%
2019-8-6UBS GroupRaises Targetn/a$150.00-
2019-8-6KeyCorpRaises Target$149.00$152.002%
2019-8-6JPMorgan Chase & Co.Raises Target$160.00$180.0012.5%
2019-8-6Deutsche BankRaises Target$120.00$133.0010.8%
2019-8-6Credit Suisse GroupReiterates$130.00$170.0030.8%
(in average)$140.20$158.0013.0%
The price prediction for KLA-Tencor stock is $158.00, moving in a range between $180.00 and $120.00. In average, analysts' outlook on KLAC price target is positive, improving the target by a 13.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since April, when KLA-Tencor presented its last earnings report, it . As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will update this report.
KLAC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, KLA-Tencor annual turnover boosted an astounding 16.00% to $4,036.70 M dollars from $3,480.01 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, however, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) eased a -6.74% to 19.87%.

To have an updated picture of the financial situation of KLA-Tencor, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual KLA-Tencor TTM sales up to were $3,283.16 and earnings were $1,113.81 M dollars. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem KLA-Tencor business evolution since June 2018: Annual sales up to , compared to lastest yearly report, plummed a frightening -18.67%. In contrast, profit margin (net income/sales) rocketed at 19.87%.

KLAC annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$2,840 M-$543 M19.1%-
2014$2,930 M3.17%$583 M19.9%7.29%
2015$2,814 M-3.96%$366 M13.0%-37.17%
2016$2,984 M6.06%$704 M23.6%92.38%
2017$3,480 M16.60%$926 M26.6%31.47%
2018$4,037 M16.00%$802 M19.9%-13.37%
TTM $3,283 M-18.67%$1,114 M33.9%38.83%

Quarterly financial results

KLA-Tencor reported M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -100.00% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked M with a profit margin of . Profit margin stayed stable a 0.00% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 32.96%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, KLA-Tencor sales marked a bloodcurdling decrease and plunged a -100.00%.
KLAC quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q1$911 M-$254 M27.8%-
2017-Q2$935 M2.63%$256 M27.4%1.03%
2017-Q3$970 M3.66%$281 M29.0%9.67%
2017-Q4$976 M0.64%$-134 M-13.8%-147.81%
2018-Q1$1,021 M4.66%$307 M30.0%-328.47%
2018-Q2$1,070 M4.77%$349 M32.6%13.65%
2018-Q3$1,093 M2.17%$396 M36.2%13.53%
2018-Q4$1,120 M2.44%$369 M33.0%-6.78%

KLA-Tencor ownership

When you are planning to invest in a stock, it's worth to check its ownership structure.

KLA-Tencor shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.26% of all shares.

Bearish positions for KLAC stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$28.2 B
Total shares157.8 M
Float shares157.4 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)93.3%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.3%
Shares in short selling0.0%

KLA-Tencor summary

Friday, January 17th, 2020
Day range$177.36 - $180.90
Previous close$180.91
Session gain-1.21%
Average true range$3.80
50d mov avg$172.06
100d mov avg$164.81
200d mov avg$142.70
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb03a

KLA-Tencor performance

To better understand KLA-Tencor performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. We chose as the bechmarking frame for KLA-Tencor stock.

KLA-Tencor competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as KLA-Tencor competitor. This doesn't mean KLA-Tencor does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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