Media stories about Rudolph Technologies (NYSE:RTEC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Rudolph Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 25 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is very unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several equities analysts recently commented on the company. B. Riley restated a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on shares of Rudolph Technologies in a research report on Wednesday, March 22nd. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Rudolph Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 target price for the company in a research report on Friday, June 16th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Rudolph Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, May 6th. BidaskClub upgraded Rudolph Technologies from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut Rudolph Technologies from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $23.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, May 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Rudolph Technologies has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $27.20.

Shares of Rudolph Technologies (NYSE:RTEC) traded up 1.22% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $24.85. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 127,034 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $24.47 and its 200-day moving average price is $23.04. Rudolph Technologies has a 12 month low of $15.04 and a 12 month high of $27.30. The company has a market cap of $781.26 million, a PE ratio of 26.41 and a beta of 1.07.

Rudolph Technologies (NYSE:RTEC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 1st. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.26 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $60.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $58.58 million. Rudolph Technologies had a return on equity of 10.33% and a net margin of 12.62%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 11.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.18 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Rudolph Technologies will post $1.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director John R. Whitten sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.33, for a total value of $243,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 43,300 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,053,489. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Steven R. Roth sold 28,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.35, for a total transaction of $681,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 143,324 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,489,939.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 45,439 shares of company stock valued at $1,108,278. Company insiders own 2.00% of the company’s stock.

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About Rudolph Technologies

Rudolph Technologies, Inc (Rudolph) is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and support of process control defect inspection and metrology, advanced packaging lithography, and data analysis systems and software used by microelectronics device manufacturers. The Company provides process and yield management solutions used in both wafer processing and final manufacturing through a family of standalone systems for macro-defect inspection, lithography, probe card test and analysis, and transparent and opaque thin film measurements.

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