Media headlines about Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Nanometrics earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.0753917266084 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

NANO has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on shares of Nanometrics from $34.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Benchmark restated a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price (up from $33.00) on shares of Nanometrics in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Nanometrics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Nanometrics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nanometrics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $35.50.

Shares of NASDAQ NANO traded up $1.27 during trading on Friday, hitting $44.14. 420,108 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 579,362. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.02 billion, a P/E ratio of 35.89, a PEG ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 1.79. Nanometrics has a 1 year low of $22.08 and a 1 year high of $48.26.

Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The semiconductor company reported $0.71 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $88.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $86.53 million. Nanometrics had a net margin of 16.55% and a return on equity of 19.74%. The business’s revenue was up 37.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.30 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Nanometrics will post 2.3 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Nanometrics news, SVP Rollin Kocher sold 1,496 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Sunday, May 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.67, for a total transaction of $57,850.32. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 39,891 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,542,584.97. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, General Counsel Janet Therese Taylor sold 747 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.93, for a total transaction of $31,321.71. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 66,797 shares of company stock worth $2,802,178 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 6.90% of the company’s stock.

About Nanometrics

Nanometrics Incorporated provides process control metrology and inspection systems for use primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices worldwide. It offers automated metrology systems that provide optical critical dimension, thin film metrology, and wafer stress for transistor and interconnect metrology applications; and integrated metrology systems that are installed onto wafer processing equipment to provide near real-time measurements.

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