Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC trimmed its stake in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) by 15.7% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 7,680 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock after selling 1,430 shares during the period. Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC’s holdings in MKS Instruments were worth $726,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its position in shares of MKS Instruments by 2.9% in the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 4,733 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $319,000 after purchasing an additional 135 shares during the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC grew its position in MKS Instruments by 2.9% during the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 17,130 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $1,618,000 after acquiring an additional 489 shares during the last quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. grew its position in MKS Instruments by 26.8% during the fourth quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. now owns 2,862 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $275,000 after acquiring an additional 605 shares during the last quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. grew its position in MKS Instruments by 1.8% during the fourth quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. now owns 39,300 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $3,714,000 after acquiring an additional 700 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP grew its position in MKS Instruments by 1.1% during the third quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 69,021 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $6,519,000 after acquiring an additional 732 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 95.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have commented on MKSI. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $119.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. Dougherty & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Sunday, February 4th. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $133.00 price target on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $116.60.

In other news, CEO Gerard G. Colella sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $95.26, for a total transaction of $476,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 5,025 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $478,681.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO Seth H. Bagshaw sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $102.07, for a total value of $1,020,700.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 11,766 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,200,955.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 31,139 shares of company stock valued at $3,069,492. Insiders own 1.65% of the company’s stock.

MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) opened at $107.55 on Thursday. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a 52-week low of $64.45 and a 52-week high of $110.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a quick ratio of 3.06 and a current ratio of 4.21. The company has a market cap of $5,527.19, a P/E ratio of 17.46, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 1.04.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.71 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.63 by $0.08. MKS Instruments had a net margin of 17.70% and a return on equity of 22.51%. The business had revenue of $512.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $500.22 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.05 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 26.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that MKS Instruments, Inc. will post 7.6 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 26th will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 23rd. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 11.69%.

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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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