News coverage about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MKS Instruments earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 47.3758401720214 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of MKS Instruments (MKSI) opened at 83.70 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.54 billion, a PE ratio of 17.39 and a beta of 1.08. MKS Instruments has a 12 month low of $45.85 and a 12 month high of $88.40. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $80.45 and its 200 day moving average price is $74.79.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.41 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.41. MKS Instruments had a return on equity of 19.47% and a net margin of 15.47%. The firm had revenue of $481 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $463.86 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.72 EPS. MKS Instruments’s quarterly revenue was up 47.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that MKS Instruments will post $5.42 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 8th. Investors of record on Monday, August 28th will be paid a $0.175 dividend. This represents a $0.70 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.84%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 24th. MKS Instruments’s payout ratio is currently 14.58%.

Several brokerages recently commented on MKSI. BidaskClub upgraded MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated 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. Deutsche Bank AG began coverage on MKS Instruments in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. They set a “buy” rating and a $84.00 price target for the company. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $84.00.

WARNING: “MKS Instruments (MKSI) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows” was originally reported by TheOlympiaReport and is owned by of TheOlympiaReport. If you are viewing this piece on another site, it was copied illegally and republished in violation of US & international copyright & trademark law. The correct version of this piece can be accessed at https://theolympiareport.com/2017/09/03/mks-instruments-mksi-earning-somewhat-favorable-media-coverage-study-shows.html.

In other MKS Instruments news, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.30, for a total transaction of $158,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 15,785 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,251,750.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Peter Hanley sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.22, for a total value of $83,220.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,372 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $280,617.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 3,250 shares of company stock valued at $260,058 in the last three months. 1.65% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI)

Receive News & Ratings for MKS Instruments Inc. Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for MKS Instruments Inc. and related companies with Analyst Ratings Network's FREE daily email newsletter.