Caxton Associates LP cut its holdings in shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) by 29.5% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 4,300 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock after selling 1,800 shares during the period. Caxton Associates LP’s holdings in MKS Instruments were worth $406,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other large investors have also modified their holdings of MKSI. Aperio Group LLC increased its stake in MKS Instruments by 17.9% during the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 16,641 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $1,120,000 after purchasing an additional 2,528 shares during the period. Strs Ohio increased its stake in MKS Instruments by 8.0% during the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 8,100 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $545,000 after purchasing an additional 600 shares during the period. World Asset Management Inc increased its stake in MKS Instruments by 2.8% during the second quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 3,538 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $238,000 after purchasing an additional 95 shares during the period. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in MKS Instruments by 8.5% during the second quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 4,003 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $269,000 after purchasing an additional 313 shares during the period. Finally, TD Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in MKS Instruments during the second quarter worth about $390,000. Institutional investors own 95.54% of the company’s stock.

Shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ MKSI) opened at $93.65 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 3.10 and a current ratio of 4.23. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a one year low of $58.50 and a one year high of $110.60. The firm has a market cap of $5,065.68, a P/E ratio of 17.64, a P/E/G ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 1.04.

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

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 8th. Investors of record on Monday, November 27th were paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.77%. This is a positive change from MKS Instruments’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 24th. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio is presently 12.90%.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. ValuEngine lowered shares of MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Sunday, October 1st. KeyCorp reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $100.00 price target on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Saturday, September 16th. Finally, Dougherty & Co boosted their price target on shares of MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. MKS Instruments has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $109.75.

In related news, Director Elizabeth Mora sold 300 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $94.10, for a total transaction of $28,230.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, COO John Tseng-Chung Lee sold 2,113 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $104.02, for a total transaction of $219,794.26. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 1 shares in the company, valued at $104.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 4,613 shares of company stock worth $482,340 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 1.65% of the company’s stock.

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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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