ASML Holding N.V. (ADR) (NASDAQ:ASML) reported its financial results this morning for the second quarter ending June 2015. The semiconductor equipment provider reported net earnings of €370 million ($410 million) for the quarter, 7.3% less than the same period a year ago. ASML Holding N.V. (ADR) (NASDAQ:ASML) also reported revenues of €1.65 billion ($1.81 billion) for the quarter. The company managed to beat the FactSet forecast of €354 million ($388 million) in earnings on revenue of €1.61 billion ($1.76 billion). ASML holding also expects third quarter sales of between €1.5 – €1.6 billion ($1.64 – $1.75 billion) with a gross margin of around 45%. The company reported opening a new EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography) factory in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, where its corporate headquarters are located, and believes the technology is nearing volume production. The company also expects to ship its TWINSCAN NXT:1980Di system later this year, which has demonstrated a performance improvement to 275 wafers per hour. With bookings increasing greatly during the second quarter to over €1.5 billion ($1.64 billion), the company expects revenue for fiscal 2015 to top 2014’s. Shares are up by 4.39% in morning trading.
At the end of the first quarter, a total of ten of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in ASML Holding N.V. (ADR) (NASDAQ:ASML), with around a $339.36 million investment in the stock, around 15% more than the aggregate capital invested by 12 hedge funds at the end of December 2014. Meanwhile, the stock lost around 6.5% of its value during the January – March period. This shows that the hedge funds invested a lot more in the stock during the first three months, expecting strong future performance from the company, despite some hedge funds’ decision to pull out of the stock.
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Likewise, other research (not our own) has shown insider purchases are also effective piggybacking methods for investors that lead to greater returns. That’s why we believe investors should pay attention to what hedge funds and insiders are buying and keep them apprised of this information. There have been no insider purchases or sales of shares of ASML so far in 2015.
With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the latest hedge fund activity encompassing ASML Holding N.V. (ADR) (NASDAQ:ASML).