Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Very Unlikely to Impact Brooks Automation (BRKS) Share Price

Media stories about Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a unit of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Brooks Automation earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 22 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS)

BRKS has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup Inc. upped their price objective on Brooks Automation to $26.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 20th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 4th. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of Brooks Automation in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Needham & Company LLC increased their price target on Brooks Automation from $22.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Brooks Automation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $24.14.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) traded down 0.60% on Friday, hitting $24.81. The stock had a trading volume of 1,170,079 shares. Brooks Automation has a 52 week low of $10.80 and a 52 week high of $30.23. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $27.18 and a 200 day moving average of $21.52. The company has a market capitalization of $1.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.43 and a beta of 0.96.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The semiconductor company reported $0.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.03. Brooks Automation had a return on equity of 8.47% and a net margin of 7.41%. The business had revenue of $169.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $167.16 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.07 earnings per share. Brooks Automation’s revenue for the quarter was up 25.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Brooks Automation will post $1.10 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 23rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.61%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 31st. Brooks Automation’s dividend payout ratio is presently 59.70%.

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About Brooks Automation

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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