AMAT Named A Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock
ETF Channel Staff - Thursday, September 13, 7:37 AMApplied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) has been named a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock by Dividend Channel, signifying a stock with above-average ''DividendRank'' statistics including a strong 2.1% yield, as well as being recognized by prominent asset managers as being a socially responsible investment, through analysis of social and environmental criteria. Environmental criteria include considerations like the environmental impact of the company's products and services, as well as the company's efficiency in terms of its use of energy and resources. Social criteria include elements such as human rights, child labor, corporate diversity, and the company's impact on society — for instance, taken into consideration would be business activities tied to weapons, gambling, tobacco, and alcohol.
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, Applied Materials, Inc. is a member of both the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF (SUSA), making up 0.47% of the underlying holdings of the fund, as well as the iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social Index Fund ETF (DSI), where AMAT makes up 0.32% of the underlying holdings of the fund.
The annualized dividend paid by Applied Materials, Inc. is $0.8/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 11/21/2018. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for AMAT, which the DividendRank report stressed as being of key importance. Indeed, studying a company's past dividend history can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue.
AMAT operates in the Semiconductors sector, among companies like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSM), and Intel Corp (INTC).