Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS): Stock in Review

Sell-side analysts following Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS) have been making their best calculations on where they believe the stock is heading.  Combining estimates from polled analysts used by Zacks Research, we can see that the consensus target price is currently $42.8 on the stock. This number may vary from other data providers providing consensus target estimates. Covering analysts may use different methods in order to create a future target price. Because of the various methods used, price targets may be widely different from one covering analyst to the next. 

For many individual investors, deciding the proper time to sell a stock may be just as important as figuring out which stocks to buy at the outset. Investors may be reviewing the portfolio and looking at some stocks that have taken off and made a big run to the upside. When this occurs, investors may need to make the tough decision of whether to take some profits or hold out for further gains. Because every scenario is different, investors may want to dig a little deeper into the fundamentals before making a decision. If the stock’s fundamentals have weakened, it might be time to reassess the position. 

Investors may be following some historical price data on shares of Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS). Over the past 12 weeks, the stock has seen a change of -12.55%. If we go back to the beginning of the year, we can see that shares have changed 7.26%. Over the last 4 weeks, shares have seen a change of 3.88%. Over the last 5 trading sessions, the stock has moved 15.18%. Investors will be monitoring stock activity over the next few weeks to try and gauge which way the momentum is leaning. Checking on some possible support and resistance levels, we have noted that that the 52-week high is currently $39.6, and the 52-week low is currently $23.22. When shares are trading close to the 52-week high or 52-week low, investors might be paying added attention. Looking at some recent action, we note that the stock has been seen trading near the $28.08 mark.

We can now shift the focus to some company earnings data. Based on projections provided by 5 individual Wall Street analysts polled by Zacks Research, Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS) has a current quarter EPS consensus estimate of 0.21. For the prior reporting period, the company posted quarterly earnings per share of 0.22. As earnings season continues, investors will be closely tracking analyst estimates. Sell-side analysts often make updates before and after the company reports earnings numbers. Following analyst estimate updates leading up to the earnings release may offer some good insight into the direction that the estimates are trending. Investors will be watching to see which companies post the largest earnings surprises this quarter.

Taking a look at the current consensus broker rating for Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS), we note that the ABR is 1. This Zacks consensus rating follows a numerical scale where a number in the 1-2 range generally represents a Buy, a 3 would indicate a Hold and 4-5 signals a Sell rating. In terms of the number of bullish analysts that have the stock rated a Buy or Strong Buy, we can see that the number is currently 5.

Stock analysis may be used to determine which shares the investor should buy, and at what price they should buy. Many investors will search for stocks that are currently undervalued. Fundamental research may involve scouring the balance sheet to spot a solid company. Many investors will use financial ratios to help determine which shares to purchase. Some of the more popular ratios are return on equity, earnings per share, price to earnings, and dividend yield. Applying the same type of research across the board may help the investor spot stocks that present a good opportunity for future growth. 

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