News coverage about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MKS Instruments earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 46.0166001716943 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Shares of MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) traded up $0.20 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $96.20. 284,600 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 576,956. The stock has a market cap of $5,220.00, a PE ratio of 17.21, a P/E/G ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 1.04. MKS Instruments has a 1-year low of $60.40 and a 1-year high of $110.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 3.10 and a current ratio of 4.23.
MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.56 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.46 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $486.27 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $476.24 million. MKS Instruments had a net margin of 16.97% and a return on equity of 21.21%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 27.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.88 EPS. research analysts forecast that MKS Instruments will post 5.89 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several brokerages have commented on MKSI. Dougherty & Co boosted their price target on shares of MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Deutsche Bank boosted their price target on shares of MKS Instruments from $104.00 to $116.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $108.00 price target (up previously from $98.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. BidaskClub cut shares of MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $109.75.
In other news, VP Dennis L. Werth sold 3,639 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $96.88, for a total transaction of $352,546.32. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 4,199 shares in the company, valued at approximately $406,799.12. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.90, for a total transaction of $215,800.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 13,785 shares in the company, valued at $1,487,401.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 23,252 shares of company stock worth $2,331,887 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 1.65% of the company’s stock.
MKS Instruments Company Profile
MKS Instruments, Inc is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measures, controls, powers, delivers, monitors and analyzes critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes. The Company operates through two segments, including the Vacuum & Analysis segment and the Light & Motion segment.
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