News stories about Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Brooks Automation earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 48.7915911077017 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Brooks Automation opened at $29.95 on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. Brooks Automation has a 1 year low of $21.75 and a 1 year high of $36.45. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.12 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.15 and a beta of 1.00. The company has a quick ratio of 2.54, a current ratio of 3.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 6th. The semiconductor company reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.03. Brooks Automation had a return on equity of 16.28% and a net margin of 15.40%. The company had revenue of $223.48 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $218.98 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.36 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Brooks Automation will post 1.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 28th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 7th will be issued a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 6th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.34%. Brooks Automation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 32.26%.

A number of research firms recently commented on BRKS. BidaskClub downgraded Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, August 6th. Stephens restated a “buy” rating and issued a $35.00 price target on shares of Brooks Automation in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. ValuEngine upgraded Brooks Automation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 15th. Finally, Citigroup lowered their price target on Brooks Automation from $35.00 to $31.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. Brooks Automation has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $34.71.

In other Brooks Automation news, insider David Pietrantoni sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.00, for a total value of $136,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 39,676 shares in the company, valued at $1,348,984. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Jason Joseph sold 15,609 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.10, for a total value of $547,875.90. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 100,226 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,517,932.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 164,505 shares of company stock valued at $5,212,665 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 2.36% of the company’s stock.

About Brooks Automation

Brooks Automation, Inc provides automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. It operates in 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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