News stories about Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Nanometrics earned a coverage optimism score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the semiconductor company an impact score of 43.5348852254929 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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Shares of NASDAQ:NANO traded up $0.30 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $26.98. 15,010 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 181,267. Nanometrics has a 52 week low of $22.08 and a 52 week high of $32.42. The stock has a market capitalization of $634.72, a PE ratio of 21.98, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.34 and a beta of 1.51.

Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 6th. The semiconductor company reported $0.53 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.06. Nanometrics had a return on equity of 12.05% and a net margin of 11.68%. The business had revenue of $78.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $76.95 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.33 EPS. Nanometrics’s revenue for the quarter was up 32.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Nanometrics will post 1.66 earnings per share for the current year.

NANO has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded Nanometrics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. Benchmark reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 price objective (down previously from $34.00) on shares of Nanometrics in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Nanometrics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 11th.

In other Nanometrics news, SVP Rollin Kocher sold 1,807 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.54, for a total value of $44,343.78. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 28,331 shares in the company, valued at approximately $695,242.74. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, General Counsel Janet Therese Taylor sold 1,133 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $26.30, for a total value of $29,797.90. Following the completion of the sale, the general counsel now owns 33,391 shares in the company, valued at approximately $878,183.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 85,001 shares of company stock worth $2,331,551 in the last quarter. 6.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Nanometrics

Nanometrics Incorporated provides process control metrology and inspection systems for use primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices worldwide. It offers automated metrology systems that provide optical critical dimension, thin film metrology, and wafer stress for transistor and interconnect metrology applications; and integrated metrology systems that are installed onto wafer processing equipment to provide near real-time measurements.

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