MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) CEO Gerard G. Colella sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $96.30, for a total value of $963,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 5,025 shares in the company, valued at approximately $483,907.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) traded up $0.20 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $96.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 284,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 484,444. The firm has a market cap of $5,223.14, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.24, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.04. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a 52-week low of $60.40 and a 52-week high of $110.60. 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 (NASDAQ:MKSI) last posted 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 Thomson Reuters’ 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 quarterly revenue was up 27.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.88 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that MKS Instruments, Inc. will post 5.89 EPS for the current year.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. BidaskClub cut MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. ValuEngine cut MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 price target (up previously from $98.00) on shares of MKS Instruments in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Deutsche Bank boosted their price target on MKS Instruments from $104.00 to $116.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, Dougherty & Co boosted their price target on MKS Instruments from $106.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $109.75.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of MKSI. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in shares of MKS Instruments by 7.6% during the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 347,965 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $23,419,000 after purchasing an additional 24,494 shares during the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its position in shares of MKS Instruments by 12.8% during the 2nd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,482 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $167,000 after purchasing an additional 281 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank increased its holdings in shares of MKS Instruments by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 89,800 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $6,044,000 after acquiring an additional 1,100 shares during the last quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in shares of MKS Instruments during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $357,000. Finally, LSV Asset Management increased its holdings in shares of MKS Instruments by 322.0% during the 2nd quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 46,000 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $3,095,000 after acquiring an additional 35,100 shares during the last quarter. 95.42% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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