Investors purchased shares of FEI Co. (NASDAQ:FEIC) on weakness during trading on Friday. $9.63 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $5.44 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $4.19 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, FEI had the 12th highest net in-flow for the day. FEI traded down ($0.23) for the day and closed at $106.78

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on FEIC. Benchmark Co. downgraded shares of FEI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $92.00 to $107.50 in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. DA Davidson reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $107.50 price target (up from $90.00) on shares of FEI in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. William Blair downgraded shares of FEI from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of FEI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of FEI from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $107.00.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $104.63 and its 200 day moving average is $87.10. The company has a market cap of $4.36 billion and a PE ratio of 37.30.

FEI (NASDAQ:FEIC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.56 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.03. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.66 EPS. The firm earned $229 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $217.72 million. FEI’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that FEI Co. will post $3.62 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 20th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, July 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, July 5th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.12%.

Other large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in FEI by 4.7% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 470,354 shares of the company’s stock valued at $37,529,000 after buying an additional 21,180 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in FEI by 9.0% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 340,304 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,155,000 after buying an additional 28,116 shares during the last quarter. Eaton Vance Management increased its stake in FEI by 11.0% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 302,258 shares of the company’s stock valued at $24,117,000 after buying an additional 29,896 shares during the last quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK increased its stake in FEI by 26.0% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 240,425 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,551,000 after buying an additional 49,575 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its stake in FEI by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 140,925 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,244,000 after buying an additional 6,074 shares during the last quarter.

FEI Company is a supplier of scientific instruments and related services for nanoscale applications and solutions for industry and science. The Company operates in two segments: Industry Group and Science Group. The Industry Group consists of customers in semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing and related industries, such as manufacturers of data storage equipment and other technologies, as well as customers in the natural resources industries, including mining and oil and gas.

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