Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ:BRKR) shares hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $35.51 and last traded at $35.37, with a volume of 159900 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $35.22.

Several research analysts recently issued reports on BRKR shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Bruker from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Bruker from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Cowen Inc reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $29.00 price target on shares of Bruker in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Citigroup Inc. increased their price target on shares of Bruker from $29.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Bank of America Corporation upgraded shares of Bruker from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $34.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $29.64.

The stock has a market capitalization of $5,540.00, a P/E ratio of 30.23, a P/E/G ratio of 2.99 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 2.60 and a quick ratio of 1.60.

Bruker (NASDAQ:BRKR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The medical research company reported $0.29 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by $0.02. Bruker had a net margin of 8.85% and a return on equity of 25.83%. The firm had revenue of $435.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $415.45 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.32 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.6% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Bruker Corporation will post 1.19 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 4th will be paid a $0.04 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 1st. This represents a $0.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.45%. Bruker’s dividend payout ratio is presently 17.02%.

In other news, VP Mark Munch sold 21,061 shares of Bruker stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $29.97, for a total value of $631,198.17. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 60,524 shares in the company, valued at $1,813,904.28. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 35.20% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of BRKR. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its holdings in Bruker by 496.1% during the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 3,827 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $110,000 after purchasing an additional 3,185 shares in the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in Bruker during the second quarter valued at approximately $111,000. Zions Bancorporation purchased a new position in Bruker during the third quarter valued at approximately $119,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its holdings in Bruker by 11.3% during the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 4,599 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $133,000 after purchasing an additional 467 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Smithfield Trust Co. purchased a new position in Bruker during the second quarter valued at approximately $138,000. 66.27% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Bruker Company Profile

Bruker Corporation designs and manufactures scientific instruments, and analytical and diagnostic solutions. Its segments include the Bruker BioSpin Group; the Bruker Chemicals, Applied Markets, Life Science, In-Vitro Diagnostics, Detection (CALID) Group; the Bruker Nano Group, and the Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) Segment.

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