Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect MKS Instruments (MKSI) Share Price

News headlines about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MKS Instruments earned a news impact score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 48.1914403799639 out of 100, meaning 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 media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on MKSI. Dougherty & Co boosted their target price on MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their target price on MKS Instruments from $104.00 to $116.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $108.00 target price (up previously from $98.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. KeyCorp reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $100.00 target price on shares of MKS Instruments in a report on Saturday, September 16th. Finally, BidaskClub raised MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $109.75.

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

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Investors of record on Monday, November 27th will be issued 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 0.66%. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 12.54%.

In related news, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.30, for a total value of $158,600.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 15,785 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,251,750.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Seth H. Bagshaw sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.80, for a total value of $643,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 21,615 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,854,567. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 10,100 shares of company stock worth $851,885. Company insiders own 1.65% of the company’s stock.

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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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