KLA-Tencor stock: buy or sell?

KLAC stock price: $132.44 0.63% At close on April 2nd, 2020

Updated on:
April 2nd, 2020


After sliding a scary -9.22% yesterday, KLA-Tencor closed today at $132.44 and gained a slightly good 0.63%. On Mar/26 KLAC climbed an exceptional 8.21%.

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?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best moment to buy them. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

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?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for KLAC stock for the last month.

KLA-Tencor stock analysis

Daily outlook

After sliding a scary -9.22% yesterday, KLA-Tencor closed today at $132.44 and gained a slightly good 0.63%.

After sliding a scary -9.22% yesterday, KLA-Tencor closed today at $132.44 and gained a slightly good 0.63%. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed down on March 11th, KLAC fell $-22.13 per share (-14.32%). On January, KLAC hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $181.88 recorded on January. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

KLAC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting an amazing 19.84% in a week last week, KLA-Tencor closed this week at $132.44 and plummed a bloodcurdling -6.89%.

Not so far away is the last price record KLA-Tencor marked late January, but since then it dropped a 27.86%. Since early March, when KLAC stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-23.24 per share (-14.93%). Stocks under the 200d moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders.

KLAC stock chart (weekly)

KLA-Tencor stock price history

KLA-Tencor IPO was on October 8th, 1980 at $0.00 per share1. Since then, KLAC stock surged 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 January with a price of $183.59.

KLA-Tencor stock price target

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. 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 have not found any price target for KLA-Tencor stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since April, when KLA-Tencor presented its last earnings report, it . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
KLAC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw an astounding increase of 16.00% to $4,036.70 M USD. On the other hand, its income margin (compared to revenues) slipped to 19.87%, that is $802.27 million.

To have an updated view 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 million dollars. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem KLA-Tencor business evolution since June 2018: Annual turnover up to , compared to lastest yearly report, plunged a hair-raising -18.67%. By contrast, profit margin (net income/revenues) 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 posted million 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 remained constant a 0.00% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 32.96%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, KLA-Tencor sales marked a chilling correction and collapsed 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 buy a company, it's worth to check its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For KLA-Tencor, 0.27% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

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

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to KLA-Tencor:

Market cap$20.8 B
Total shares156.8 M
Float shares156.4 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)91.8%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.3%
Shares in short selling0.0%

KLA-Tencor summary

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Day range$129.31 - $133.79
Previous close$131.61
Session gain0.63%
Average true range$13.89
50d mov avg$154.92
100d mov avg$163.23
200d mov avg$153.09
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb06a

KLA-Tencor performance

To measure stock performance is always good to compare with competitors or related stocks. We compared KLA-Tencor against in the following table:

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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