MKS Instruments (MKSI) Earns Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.30

MKS Instruments earned a media sentiment score of 0.30 on AlphaOne's scale.

News articles about MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. Corporate insiders own 1.60% of the company's stock. South Dakota Investment Council's holdings in MKS Instruments were worth $997,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Cortina Asset Management LLC raised its stake in MKS Instruments by 13.3% in the fourth quarter.

Reilly Financial Advisors Llc increased Alibaba Group Hldg Ltd (NYSE:BABA) stake by 99,972 shares to 102,242 valued at $8.98 million in 2016Q4. Menta Capital LLC acquired a new position in MKS Instruments during the fourth quarter worth approximately $297,000. The firm owned 41,527 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company's stock after selling 2,403 shares during the period. Fiduciary Management Inc. WI increased its position in MKS Instruments by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. AlphaOne also gave media stories about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 29 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the immediate future. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in MKS Instruments by 32.6% in the first quarter. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in MKS Instruments during the fourth quarter worth approximately $34,766,000.

Russell Investments Group Ltd. lowered its position in shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 925,777 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company's stock worth $63,648,000 after buying an additional 65,689 shares during the last quarter.

Institutional investors now hold around $4.41 billion or 0% in MKSI stock. (NASDAQ:MKSI). Natixis holds 0% in MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) for 6,500 shares. 1,390,551 shares of the company traded hands. MKS Instruments has a 52 week low of $39.32 and a 52 week high of $88.40. The stock's 50 day moving average is $80.17 and its 200 day moving average is $68.22. The stock has a market cap of $4.54 billion, a PE ratio of 30.04 and a beta of 1.03. MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) has risen 119.33% since June 9, 2016 and is uptrending. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.27 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $1.08 by $0.19. The firm had revenue of $437.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $413.26 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.38 earnings per share. The company's quarterly revenue was up 138.0% compared to the same quarter past year. Equities research analysts forecast that MKS Instruments will post $4.95 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 9th. Shareholders of record on Monday, May 29th were issued a dividend of $0.175 per share. This represents a $0.70 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.86%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 24th.

Analysts await MKS Instruments, Inc.

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In related news, CEO Gerard G. Colella sold 10,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded MKS Instruments from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, MKS Instruments presently has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $79.75. Zacks Investment Research raised MKS Instruments from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $79.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, April 21st. Finally, Dougherty & Co reaffirmed a "buy" rating and issued a $100.00 price target (up previously from $86.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Friday, April 28th.

In other news, VP John R. Abrams sold 12,066 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.30, for a total value of $198,250.00. Similar statistics are true for the second largest owner, Wellington Management Group Llp, which owns 5,267,657 shares of the stock are valued at $430.37 million. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 17,563 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $1,207,456.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The insider Mora Elizabeth sold 300 shares worth $24,570.

MKS Instruments, a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measures, controls, powers, delivers, monitors and analyzes critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes.