MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) Director Peter Hanley sold 200 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $92.58, for a total value of $18,516.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 2,872 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $265,889.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.

Shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ MKSI) traded up $1.55 on Wednesday, hitting $91.05. 758,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 526,339. The company has a market cap of $4,859.36, a PE ratio of 16.92, a P/E/G ratio of 0.97 and a beta of 1.04. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a one year low of $56.10 and a one year high of $110.60. The company has a quick ratio of 3.10, a current ratio of 4.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 27th will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. This is a boost from MKS Instruments’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 24th. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 12.90%.

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

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 3.5% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 4,872,574 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $327,924,000 after acquiring an additional 163,192 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp grew its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 4.9% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,350,159 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $90,865,000 after acquiring an additional 63,140 shares in the last quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH grew its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 121.5% during the 3rd quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 869,399 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $82,115,000 after acquiring an additional 476,810 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 742,249 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $49,954,000 after acquiring an additional 32,701 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of MKS Instruments by 34.6% during the 3rd quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 569,835 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $53,822,000 after acquiring an additional 146,476 shares in the last quarter. 95.54% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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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