Elizabeth Mora Sells 300 Shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) Stock

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) Director Elizabeth Mora sold 300 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $94.10, for a total value of $28,230.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) opened at $91.05 on Wednesday. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a 1-year low of $56.10 and a 1-year high of $110.60. The company has a market capitalization of $4,859.36, a PE ratio of 16.92, a PEG ratio of 0.97 and a beta of 1.04. 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 (NASDAQ:MKSI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.56 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.46 by $0.10. MKS Instruments had a return on equity of 21.21% and a net margin of 16.97%. The business had revenue of $486.27 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $476.24 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.88 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 27.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that MKS Instruments, Inc. will post 5.89 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 27th will be issued a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 24th. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.79%. This is an increase from MKS Instruments’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio is presently 12.90%.

A number of research firms have issued reports on MKSI. ValuEngine lowered MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. BidaskClub raised MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Sunday, October 1st. KeyCorp reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $100.00 price target on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Saturday, September 16th. Finally, Dougherty & Co increased their price objective on MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $109.75.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 3.5% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 4,872,574 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $327,924,000 after buying an additional 163,192 shares during the last quarter. Airain ltd grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 44.8% during the 2nd quarter. Airain ltd now owns 28,032 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $1,887,000 after buying an additional 8,677 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 742,249 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $49,954,000 after buying an additional 32,701 shares during the last quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 2.0% during the 2nd quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL now owns 25,700 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $1,730,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 11.2% during the 2nd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 104,905 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $7,062,000 after buying an additional 10,601 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.54% 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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