News stories about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) have been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. 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 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 46.2727453305095 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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MKS Instruments (MKSI) opened at 94.85 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.15 billion, a PE ratio of 19.70 and a beta of 1.13. MKS Instruments has a 12 month low of $46.51 and a 12 month high of $96.65. The company’s 50-day moving average is $85.19 and its 200-day moving average is $78.04.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.41 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.41. MKS Instruments had a net margin of 15.47% and a return on equity of 19.47%. The firm had revenue of $481.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $463.86 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.72 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 47.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that MKS Instruments will post $5.42 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 8th. Investors of record on Monday, August 28th were paid a $0.175 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 24th. This represents a $0.70 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.74%. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 14.58%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on MKSI shares. BidaskClub upgraded MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Sunday. KeyCorp restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $100.00 target price on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Saturday, September 16th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG started coverage on MKS Instruments in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. They set a “buy” rating and a $84.00 price target on the stock. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. MKS Instruments has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $86.67.

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In other news, Director Peter Hanley sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.22, for a total transaction of $83,220.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 3,372 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $280,617.84. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP Brian Charles Quirk sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.30, for a total value of $158,600.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 15,785 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,251,750.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 11,100 shares of company stock worth $935,105 over the last 90 days. 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.

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