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Recent Valuation: MKS Instruments (NASDAQ: MKSI)


MKS Instruments trades as part of the computer hardware industry and is part of the technology sector. The company CEO is Gerald G. Colella. MKS Instruments Inc is a provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, deliver, monitor and analyze critical parameters of manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The MKSI stock showed a previous change of -0.98% with an open at 76.35 and a close of 75.73. It reached an intraday high of 76.69 and a low of 75.24.

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The stock has a market cap of $4.1b with 54.8m shares outstanding, of which the float is 54.1m shares. Trading volume reached 354,377 shares compared to its average volume of 438,741 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, MKS Instruments shares returned -6.94% and in the past 30 trading days it returned -19.14%. Over three months, it changed -22.95%. In one year it has changed -20.29% and within that year its 52-week high was 128.28 and its 52-week low was 75.24. MKSI stock is 0.66% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 101.99 and a 50 day moving average of 87.08. Currently MKSI stock is trading -25.74% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a good opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 6.16 that ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 12.29. Based on 5 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 1.73. The TTM EPS is 7.67, which comes to a TTM PE of 9.87. Historically, the PE high was 62.10 and the PE low was 9.87. MKSI stock has set a new PE low record!

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
06-30-2018:  2.33
03-31-2018:  2.07
12-31-2017:  1.71
09-30-2017:  1.56

The dividend per share is currently 0.80, which is a dividend yield of 1.06%. Also, the payout ratio is 10.43%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 187.25, which means it is possibly undervalued and has a margin of safety of 59.56%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 99.10% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 1,078,450, which is 1.97% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 1.88. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.86

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 23.39%, return on assets is 15.23%, profit margin is 18.67%, price-to-sales is 2.56 and price-to-book is 2.33.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 6  :Valuation Score
 6  :Past Performance Score
 5  :Financial Strength Score
 1  :Future Growth Score
 2  :Dividend Score
 4  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.