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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI)?

The company in question is, MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) currently with a stock price of 48.68 (1.23% today). The market cap for MKS Instruments, Inc. is 2595.9, and is in the sector Technology, and Scientific & Technical Instruments industry. The target price for MKS Instruments, Inc. is 50.2. Currently MKS Instruments, Inc. is trading with a P/E of 31.41, and a forward P/E of 14.36. Average volume for MKS Instruments, Inc. is 395.82 and so far today it is 80050.

Performance in the last year for MKS Instruments, Inc. has been 43.55%. For EPS growth, MKS Instruments, Inc. has seen a growth of 5.50%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 24.81%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been -2.60% over the last five years and could be 12.00% for the next five years. MKS Instruments, Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 49.50%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -72.40%. The 20-day simple moving average is 1.02%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 20.87%.

Since the IPO date for MKS Instruments, Inc. on the 3/30/1999, MKS Instruments, Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 35.35%. With MKS Instruments, Inc. trading at 48.68, the dividend yield is 1.41%, and the EPS is 1.53.

So could MKS Instruments, Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 31.41. The PEG is 2.62, P/S is 2.91 and the P/B is at 2.18. The P/cash is 6.1, with P/free cash flow at 32.86.

MKS Instruments, Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 4.8, and the quick ratio is 3.5. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.62, and total debt/equity at 0.63.

In terms of margins, MKS Instruments, Inc. has a gross margin of 42.70%, an operating margin of 11.80% and a profit margin of 9.20%.Payout ratio for MKS Instruments, Inc. is 44.20%. Return on assets come to 5.40% with return on investment coming to 10.30%.

Insider ownership for MKS Instruments, Inc., is at 0.40% and institutional ownership comes to *TBA. Outstanding shares are at 53.98. While shares float is 52.81. The float short is currently 6.83%, and short ratio is 9.11.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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