MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI) Position Raised by Macquarie Group Ltd.

Macquarie Group Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) by 139.7% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 219,277 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock after purchasing an additional 127,813 shares during the quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. owned approximately 0.40% of MKS Instruments worth $20,722,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the company. Meeder Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in MKS Instruments by 311.2% during the fourth quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,065 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock worth $101,000 after purchasing an additional 806 shares during the last quarter. Krilogy Financial LLC purchased a new stake in MKS Instruments during the third quarter worth approximately $144,000. Advisor Partners LLC purchased a new stake in MKS Instruments during the fourth quarter worth approximately $206,000. Bridgeworth LLC purchased a new stake in MKS Instruments during the third quarter worth approximately $203,000. Finally, Zeke Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in MKS Instruments during the fourth quarter worth approximately $220,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.89% of the company’s stock.

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Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Deutsche Bank boosted their target price on MKS Instruments to $140.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday. BidaskClub upgraded MKS Instruments from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded MKS Instruments from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $119.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, February 6th. Dougherty & Co restated a “buy” rating on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Sunday, February 4th. Finally, KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating on shares of MKS Instruments in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $121.40.

In other MKS Instruments news, CEO Gerard G. Colella sold 10,000 shares of MKS Instruments stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $96.30, for a total transaction of $963,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 5,025 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $483,907.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Peter Hanley sold 430 shares of MKS Instruments stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $123.40, for a total value of $53,062.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,992 shares in the company, valued at approximately $245,812.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 51,443 shares of company stock worth $5,587,092. 1.65% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

MKSI stock opened at $115.85 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $6,661.15, a P/E ratio of 18.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.16 and a beta of 0.93. MKS Instruments, Inc. has a 12-month low of $64.75 and a 12-month high of $128.28. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a quick ratio of 3.10 and a current ratio of 4.27.

MKS Instruments (NASDAQ:MKSI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $1.71 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.63 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $512.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $500.22 million. MKS Instruments had a return on equity of 22.51% and a net margin of 17.70%. The firm’s revenue was up 26.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.05 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that MKS Instruments, Inc. will post 7.89 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 26th were given a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.62%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 23rd. MKS Instruments’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 11.69%.

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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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