News headlines about Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Brooks Automation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.6865035223905 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- Brooks Automation, Inc. (BRKS) stock represents -18.90% move from 52-week high – Analyst Recommendation (press release) (blog) (analystrecommendation.com)
- Brooks Automation, Inc. (BRKS) Stock Price trades 5.01% off from 200- SMA – Nasdaq Chronicle (nasdaqchronicle.com)
- Martingale Asset Management L P Sells 83,201 Shares of Brooks Automation, Inc (BRKS) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Arizona State Retirement System Buys 81,980 Shares of Brooks Automation, Inc (BRKS) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Brooks Automation, Inc (BRKS) Holdings Decreased by OppenheimerFunds Inc. (americanbankingnews.com)
Brooks Automation (NASDAQ BRKS) opened at $28.95 on Friday. Brooks Automation has a 52-week low of $20.48 and a 52-week high of $34.77. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 2.56 and a current ratio of 3.33. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,040.00, a P/E ratio of 31.81 and a beta of 0.97.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 23rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.38%. Brooks Automation’s dividend payout ratio is 43.96%.
Several brokerages have recently issued reports on BRKS. BidaskClub raised Brooks Automation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Brooks Automation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $34.00 target price on shares of Brooks Automation in a research report on Monday, November 13th. Stephens began coverage on Brooks Automation in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $32.00 target price for the company. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott set a $35.00 target price on Brooks Automation and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Brooks Automation presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $32.88.
In other Brooks Automation news, insider David Pietrantoni sold 7,575 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.89, for a total transaction of $203,691.75. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 60,142 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,617,218.38. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP William T. Montone sold 8,024 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, January 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.00, for a total value of $224,672.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 133,325 shares in the company, valued at $3,733,100. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 38,811 shares of company stock worth $1,091,512. Company insiders own 2.36% of the company’s stock.
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Brooks Automation Company Profile
Brooks Automation, Inc is a provider of automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. The Company operates through two segments: Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers critical automated transport, vacuum and contamination controls solutions and services.
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