Brooks Automation (BRKS) Getting Negative News Coverage, Study Shows

Media coverage about Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) has been trending negative this week, according to Alpha One Sentiment. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One 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 -0.35 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected AlphaOne’s rankings:

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

Shares of Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) opened at 24.81 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $27.18 and a 200-day moving average price of $21.52. Brooks Automation has a one year low of $10.80 and a one year high of $30.23. 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, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.03. Brooks Automation had a net margin of 7.41% and a return on equity of 8.47%. The company had revenue of $169.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $167.16 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.07 earnings per share. Brooks Automation’s revenue was up 25.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Brooks Automation will post $1.10 EPS for the current year.

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

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on BRKS shares. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price objective on Brooks Automation to $26.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 4th. B. Riley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on shares of Brooks Automation in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC lifted their price objective on Brooks Automation from $22.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $24.14.

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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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