Headlines about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MKS Instruments earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 45.8233141209773 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. ValuEngine downgraded shares of MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 target price (up previously from $98.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. KeyCorp reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Saturday, September 16th. Finally, Deutsche Bank increased their target price 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. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $109.75.
Shares of MKS Instruments (NASDAQ MKSI) traded up $0.20 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $96.20. 284,600 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 392,694. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 3.10 and a current ratio of 4.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,223.18, a P/E ratio of 17.24, a P/E/G ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.04. MKS Instruments has a 1 year low of $60.40 and a 1 year high of $110.60.
MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.56 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.46 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $486.27 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $476.24 million. MKS Instruments had a net margin of 16.97% and a return on equity of 21.21%. The firm’s revenue was up 27.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.88 earnings per share. analysts predict that MKS Instruments will post 5.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In related news, Director Elizabeth Mora sold 300 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $94.10, for a total value of $28,230.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 2,000 shares of the firm’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 completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 13,785 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,487,401.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 23,252 shares of company stock valued at $2,331,887. 1.65% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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About MKS Instruments
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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