Brooks Automation Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS)’s share price hit a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $12.94 and last traded at $12.81, with a volume of 76,275 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $12.64.

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

The stock’s market capitalization is $855.85 million. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $11.69 and its 200-day moving average price is $10.24.

Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $0.07 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.05 by $0.02. The business earned $135.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $135.41 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.08 EPS. Brooks Automation’s revenue was down 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Brooks Automation Inc. will post $0.40 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Brooks Automation news, SVP William T. Montone sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.50, for a total value of $62,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 201,532 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,519,150. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Jason Joseph sold 5,528 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $11.06, for a total value of $61,139.68. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 172,705 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,910,117.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors have modified their holdings of BRKS. Polaris Capital Management LLC increased its stake 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 in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its stake 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 in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley increased its stake 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 in the last quarter. Boston Partners increased its stake 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 in the last quarter. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake 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 in 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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