MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) CEO Gerard G. Colella sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.30, for a total transaction of $198,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 5,025 shares in the company, valued at approximately $398,482.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) traded down 0.07% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $73.10. 746,411 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $80.27 and a 200 day moving average of $68.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.15 and a beta of 1.03. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a 52 week low of $39.32 and a 52 week high of $88.40.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, April 26th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.19. MKS Instruments had a return on equity of 17.29% and a net margin of 9.83%. The firm had revenue of $437.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $413.26 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.38 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 138.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that MKS Instruments, Inc. will post $4.95 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 9th. Shareholders of record on Monday, May 29th were given a $0.175 dividend. This represents a $0.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, May 24th. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio is presently 25.18%.

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A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Dougherty & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price target (up from $86.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a report on Friday, April 28th. ValuEngine raised shares of MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, April 21st. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $81.00 price target (up from $71.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Friday, April 28th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.75.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. ETRADE Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in MKS Instruments during the third quarter worth about $909,000. Phocas Financial Corp. acquired a new position in MKS Instruments during the third quarter worth about $5,260,000. Robecosam AG acquired a new position in MKS Instruments during the third quarter worth about $141,000. Dana Investment Advisors Inc. purchased a new stake in MKS Instruments during the third quarter valued at $3,390,000. Finally, Cetera Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in MKS Instruments during the third quarter valued at $320,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.67% of the company’s stock.

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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