Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Brooks Automation earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.0943080548771 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Brooks Automation stock traded down $0.52 on Friday, reaching $25.70. 579,788 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 859,471. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 2.56 and a current ratio of 3.33. Brooks Automation has a 52 week low of $21.17 and a 52 week high of $34.77. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,859.34, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.73 and a beta of 0.96.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The semiconductor company reported $0.32 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.29 by $0.03. Brooks Automation had a return on equity of 14.43% and a net margin of 9.03%. The company had revenue of $189.33 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $184.48 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.25 earnings per share. Brooks Automation’s revenue for the quarter was up 18.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Brooks Automation will post 1.41 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 23rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 2nd were given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 1st. Brooks Automation’s payout ratio is 32.26%.

A number of research firms have commented on BRKS. BidaskClub raised shares of Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, March 17th. Janney Montgomery Scott set a $35.00 price target on Brooks Automation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. B. Riley boosted their target price on Brooks Automation from $34.00 to $38.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Stephens reissued a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 target price on shares of Brooks Automation in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Brooks Automation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $32.88.

In other news, CFO Lindon G. Robertson sold 13,212 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $29.00, for a total transaction of $383,148.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 158,320 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,591,280. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider David Pietrantoni sold 7,575 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.89, for a total value of $203,691.75. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 60,142 shares in the company, valued at $1,617,218.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 70,289 shares of company stock worth $2,028,102 over the last ninety days. 2.36% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Brooks Automation

Brooks Automation, Inc provides automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. It operates in 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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