Shares of Brooks Automation Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS) hit a new 52-week high on Monday . The company traded as high as $12.31 and last traded at $12.15, with a volume of 177,862 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $12.11.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Brooks Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $16.50 price target on shares of Brooks Automation in a report on Tuesday, June 7th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $9.80 price target on shares of Brooks Automation in a report on Friday, April 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $12.86.

The firm’s market capitalization is $809.41 million. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $11.55 and a 200-day moving average price of $10.17.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $0.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.05 by $0.02. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.08 EPS. The business had revenue of $135.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $135.41 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Brooks Automation Inc. will post $0.40 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 24th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 3rd were issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.28%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, June 1st.

In other news, VP Jason Joseph sold 5,528 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.06, for a total transaction of $61,139.68. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 172,705 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,910,117.30. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP William T. Montone sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.08, for a total transaction of $60,400.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 206,532 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,494,906.56. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the company. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 12.2% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,710,037 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,263,000 after buying an additional 185,782 shares during the last quarter. Boston Partners increased its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 13.8% in the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 1,052,876 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,245,000 after buying an additional 127,541 shares during the last quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC increased its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 54.6% in the fourth quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC now owns 843,419 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,008,000 after buying an additional 297,960 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 191,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,044,000 after buying an additional 9,200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morgan Stanley increased its position in shares of Brooks Automation by 160.8% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 117,870 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,260,000 after buying an additional 72,680 shares during the last quarter.

Brooks Automation, Inc is a global provider of automation, vacuum and instrumentation solutions for multiple markets, including semiconductor manufacturing, technology device manufacturing and life sciences. The Company operates in three segments: Brooks Product Solutions, Brooks Global Services and Brooks Life Science Systems.

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