Headlines about Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Nanometrics earned a news impact score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.0992171594815 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Critical Analysis: Cubic (CUB) and Nanometrics (NANO) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Nanometrics (NANO) Cut to “Sell” at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Head to Head Analysis: Nanometrics (NANO) vs. Abaxis (ABAX) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Contrasting Nanometrics (NANO) & Image Sensing Systems (ISNS) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Nanometrics Incorporated (NANO) Will Post Earnings of $0.44 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of research analysts have weighed in on NANO shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Nanometrics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. BidaskClub raised shares of Nanometrics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, Benchmark reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $33.00 price objective (down previously from $34.00) on shares of Nanometrics in a report on Wednesday, February 7th.
Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 6th. The semiconductor company reported $0.53 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.47 by $0.06. Nanometrics had a net margin of 11.68% and a return on equity of 12.05%. The company had revenue of $78.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $76.95 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.33 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 32.1% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Nanometrics will post 1.66 earnings per share for the current year.
In other news, SVP Rollin Kocher sold 1,807 shares of Nanometrics stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.54, for a total value of $44,343.78. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 28,331 shares in the company, valued at $695,242.74. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, SVP Kevin Heidrich sold 2,546 shares of Nanometrics stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $26.39, for a total transaction of $67,188.94. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 32,254 shares in the company, valued at approximately $851,183.06. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 85,001 shares of company stock valued at $2,331,551 in the last ninety days. 6.70% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
Nanometrics Incorporated provides process control metrology and inspection systems for use primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices worldwide. It offers automated metrology systems that provide optical critical dimension, thin film metrology, and wafer stress for transistor and interconnect metrology applications; and integrated metrology systems that are installed onto wafer processing equipment to provide near real-time measurements.
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