Media stories about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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. MKS Instruments earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 48.1520295716242 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on MKSI shares. BidaskClub raised shares of MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $98.00 price target (up from $90.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Dougherty & Co raised their price target on shares of MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Deutsche Bank AG raised their price target on shares of MKS Instruments from $104.00 to $116.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, KeyCorp reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $100.00 price target on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Saturday, September 16th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $109.75.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) opened at $106.55 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $5,836.67, a PE ratio of 20.32, a PEG ratio of 1.16 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 4.23 and a quick ratio of 3.10. MKS Instruments has a 12 month low of $48.05 and a 12 month high of $110.60.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.56 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.46 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $486.27 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $476.24 million. MKS Instruments had a net margin of 16.97% and a return on equity of 21.21%. The company’s revenue was up 27.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.88 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that MKS Instruments will post 5.89 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 27th will be paid a $0.18 dividend. This is an increase from MKS Instruments’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 24th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.68%. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 12.54%.

In other news, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $107.90, for a total value of $215,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 13,785 shares in the company, valued at $1,487,401.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Seth H. Bagshaw sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.80, for a total transaction of $643,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 21,615 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,854,567. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 10,100 shares of company stock valued at $909,085 over the last 90 days. 1.65% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About MKS Instruments

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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