Bruker Co. (NASDAQ:BRKR) Stock Position Decreased by Comerica Bank

Comerica Bank lessened its holdings in shares of Bruker Co. (NASDAQ:BRKRGet Rating) by 1.5% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 45,813 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 690 shares during the period. Comerica Bank’s holdings in Bruker were worth $2,687,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Bruker by 4.5% during the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 11,253,314 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $723,588,000 after buying an additional 487,688 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in Bruker by 2.7% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 11,135,940 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $716,042,000 after purchasing an additional 291,386 shares during the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its position in Bruker by 36.2% in the 2nd quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 6,188,371 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $388,380,000 after purchasing an additional 1,643,289 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp grew its position in Bruker by 2.2% in the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 3,078,511 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $193,207,000 after purchasing an additional 67,217 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Brown Advisory Inc. grew its position in Bruker by 24.2% in the 2nd quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 1,393,957 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $87,485,000 after purchasing an additional 272,010 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 70.40% of the company’s stock.

Bruker Trading Down 0.7 %

Shares of NASDAQ:BRKR opened at $68.05 on Wednesday. The company has a 50 day moving average of $67.28 and a 200-day moving average of $62.25. The firm has a market cap of $10.01 billion, a P/E ratio of 37.19, a P/E/G ratio of 2.32 and a beta of 1.18. Bruker Co. has a twelve month low of $48.42 and a twelve month high of $74.94. The company has a current ratio of 2.36, a quick ratio of 1.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.20.

Bruker (NASDAQ:BRKRGet Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 3rd. The medical research company reported $0.66 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.53 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $638.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $613.53 million. Bruker had a net margin of 10.97% and a return on equity of 32.58%. As a group, analysts anticipate that Bruker Co. will post 2.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Bruker Announces Dividend

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 16th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 1st were paid a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 30th. Bruker’s dividend payout ratio is presently 10.93%.

Analyst Ratings Changes

BRKR has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. StockNews.com upgraded shares of Bruker from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 7th. UBS Group initiated coverage on shares of Bruker in a research report on Friday, October 21st. They issued a “buy” rating and a $70.00 target price for the company. Cowen decreased their target price on shares of Bruker to $75.00 in a research report on Wednesday, November 16th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Bruker from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Friday, November 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. According to data from MarketBeat, the company has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $74.00.

Insider Activity at Bruker

In related news, Director Richard A. Packer sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.18, for a total transaction of $1,323,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 59,907 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,964,645.26. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 27.60% of the company’s stock.

Bruker Profile

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Bruker Corporation develops, manufactures, and distributes scientific instruments, and analytical and diagnostic solutions in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Bruker Scientific Instruments (BSI) Life Science, BSI NANO, and Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies.

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