Media stories about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MKS Instruments earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 45.6834631937758 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

MKS Instruments (MKSI) traded up $1.45 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $97.65. The stock had a trading volume of 550,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 491,040. The company has a quick ratio of 3.10, a current ratio of 4.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29. The company has a market capitalization of $5,300.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.47, a PEG ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.04. MKS Instruments has a twelve month low of $60.40 and a twelve month high of $110.60.

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

A number of brokerages have weighed in on MKSI. BidaskClub cut MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. ValuEngine cut MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $108.00 price target (up previously from $98.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Dougherty & Co boosted their price target on MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Deutsche Bank boosted their price target on MKS Instruments from $104.00 to $116.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $109.75.

In other news, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 2,000 shares of MKS Instruments stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.90, for a total value of $215,800.00. Following 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 filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Gerard G. Colella sold 10,000 shares of MKS Instruments stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $96.30, for a total value of $963,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 5,025 shares in the company, valued at $483,907.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 33,252 shares of company stock worth $3,294,887 over the last quarter. 1.65% of the stock is currently owned by corporate 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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