Media headlines about Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Brooks Automation earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.049963807056 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) traded up $0.74 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $23.89. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,051,607 shares, compared to its average volume of 707,367. The company has a market cap of $1,617.80, a PE ratio of 20.92 and a beta of 0.93. Brooks Automation has a 52-week low of $16.38 and a 52-week high of $34.77.
Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The semiconductor company reported $0.35 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.29 by $0.06. Brooks Automation had a net margin of 9.04% and a return on equity of 13.40%. The company had revenue of $181.88 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $174.66 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.22 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 15.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Brooks Automation will post 1.33 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st will be paid a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.67%. Brooks Automation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 44.44%.
Several research firms have issued reports on BRKS. ValuEngine downgraded Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price objective on shares of Brooks Automation in a report on Monday, November 13th. Needham & Company LLC cut shares of Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, September 18th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Stifel Nicolaus upped their target price on shares of Brooks Automation from $32.00 to $38.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Finally, Citigroup upped their target price on shares of Brooks Automation from $31.00 to $34.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $31.57.
In other Brooks Automation news, SVP William T. Montone sold 2,257 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.80, for a total transaction of $76,286.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider David C. Gray sold 2,394 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.80, for a total transaction of $80,917.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 76,258 shares of company stock valued at $2,226,732 over the last quarter. 2.24% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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Brooks Automation Company Profile
Brooks Automation, Inc is a provider of automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. The Company operates through two segments: Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers critical automated transport, vacuum and contamination controls solutions and services.
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