MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Thursday.

Several other equities analysts have also commented on the company. ValuEngine lowered MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Dougherty & Co raised their price target on MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Deutsche Bank raised their price target on MKS Instruments from $104.00 to $116.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 price target (up previously from $98.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, KeyCorp restated an “outperform” rating and set a $100.00 price target on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Saturday, September 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $109.75.

Shares of MKS Instruments (MKSI) opened at $95.50 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 4.23 and a quick ratio of 3.10. MKS Instruments has a 52 week low of $60.40 and a 52 week high of $110.60. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,180.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.08, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 1.04.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.56 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.46 by $0.10. The firm 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 business’s revenue for the quarter was up 27.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.88 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that MKS Instruments will post 5.89 EPS for the current year.

In other MKS Instruments 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 owns 13,785 shares in the company, valued at $1,487,401.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, COO John Tseng-Chung Lee sold 2,113 shares of MKS Instruments stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $104.02, for a total value of $219,794.26. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 1 shares in the company, valued at approximately $104.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 23,252 shares of company stock worth $2,331,887 in the last quarter. 1.65% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of MKSI. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 7.6% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 347,965 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $23,419,000 after purchasing an additional 24,494 shares during the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 5.9% in the second quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 106,833 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $7,190,000 after purchasing an additional 5,990 shares during the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 12.8% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,482 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $167,000 after purchasing an additional 281 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank grew its stake in MKS Instruments by 1.2% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 89,800 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $6,044,000 after purchasing an additional 1,100 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in MKS Instruments in the second quarter valued at about $357,000. Institutional investors own 95.42% of the company’s stock.

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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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