Dupont Capital Management Corp boosted its position in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) by 108.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 63,945 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock after buying an additional 33,319 shares during the period. Dupont Capital Management Corp’s holdings in MKS Instruments were worth $4,303,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in MKSI. FMR LLC increased its position in shares of MKS Instruments by 54.8% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns 21,893 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $1,300,000 after buying an additional 7,750 shares in the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 87,991 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $5,227,000 after buying an additional 2,236 shares during the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. raised its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 27.6% in the fourth quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 29,600 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $1,758,000 after buying an additional 6,400 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 14.4% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 4,527 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $311,000 after buying an additional 569 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 1.9% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 21,900 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $1,506,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 97.04% of the company’s stock.

Shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) opened at 81.45 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $4.42 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.92 and a beta of 1.07. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a 12 month low of $45.85 and a 12 month high of $88.40. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $77.24 and a 200-day moving average price of $73.61.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.41 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.41. The company had revenue of $481 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $463.86 million. MKS Instruments had a return on equity of 19.47% and a net margin of 15.47%. The firm’s revenue was up 47.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.72 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that MKS Instruments, Inc. will post $5.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 8th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 28th will be paid a $0.175 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 24th. This represents a $0.70 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.86%. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 14.58%.

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A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on MKSI shares. Deutsche Bank AG started coverage on MKS Instruments in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. They set a “buy” rating and a $84.00 price target on the stock. BidaskClub lowered MKS Instruments from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. ValuEngine upgraded MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Dougherty & Co restated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price target (up previously from $86.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 price target (up previously from $71.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $84.00.

In other MKS Instruments news, Director Peter Hanley sold 1,000 shares of MKS Instruments stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.22, for a total value of $83,220.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,372 shares in the company, valued at approximately $280,617.84. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Gerard G. Colella sold 2,500 shares of MKS Instruments stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.30, for a total value of $198,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 5,025 shares in the company, valued at $398,482.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 6,050 shares of company stock worth $482,878 over the last quarter. Company 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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