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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. KLA-Tencor Corp's research and development for the three months ended in Jun. 2016 was $127 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was $481 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
KLA-Tencor Corp Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was 119.943 (Sep. 2015 ) + 118.272 (Dec. 2015 ) + 115.589 (Mar. 2016 ) + 127.454 (Jun. 2016 ) = $481 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
KLA-Tencor Corp Annual Data
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KLA-Tencor Corp Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||134||138||144||134||125||129||120||118||116||127|