At the Focal Point, Checking in on MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) and Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI)

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) moved -2.52% from the recent close and currently pricing at $100.55.  There has been some talk amongst investors regarding this name and is on many “cheap” stock watchlists.  Cheap that is in terms of price, but what about value?

Let’s take a quick look at how the price of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) is currently trading in comparison to some of its simple moving averages. At current levels, shares have been seen trading -3.08% away from the 20-day moving average. The stock has been recently separated from the 50-day moving average by 1.53%. Using a broader approach, the stock has been trading 12.27% off of the 200-day moving average. After the latest check-in, shares are -8.09% off of the 50 day high and 14.13% away from the 50 day low number.

In terms of performance, shares of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) are 9.15% since the start of 2016. Over the past week, shares are -0.53%. Moving out to look at the previous month performance, the stock is at 7.45%. For the quarter, performance is at -1.01%. During the past six months, MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI)’s stock has been 29.83% and 54.07% for the last 12 months.

Investors are always on the look for the next great stock to own. Picking the next winner to bolster the portfolio may involve some hard work and a little bit of stock market magic. Sifting through the wealth of information about public companies can be a daunting task.

Many savvy investors will attack the equity markets from many different angles. This may include keeping close tabs on fundamental and technical data. This may also include tracking analyst opinions and following what the big money institutions are buying or selling.

Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI) shares are on our watchlist today as the stock has moved -0.50% from the recent close, pricing at $118.30 at the time of press.  This stock has garnered the attention of value investors and here we’ll take a look at the equity’s recent performance.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI) shares have performed 1.23%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 17.95%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 36.99%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 1.22%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI) have been seen trading -8.29% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 10.98% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -8.29% off the 52-week high and 48.32% away from the 52-week low.

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RETURNS AND RECOMMENDATION

While looking at past performance of a particular stock is important when speculating on its future, we must take other indicators into consideration as well.  What are the returns?   Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI)’s Return on Assets (ROA) of 12.70% is an indicator of how profitable Carter’s, Inc. is relative to their total assets. ROA gives us an idea of how efficient management is at using assets to generate earnings  We get ROA by dividing their annual earnings by their total assets.  Carter’s, Inc.’s Return on Equity (ROE) is 32.70%, measure their profitability and reveals how much profit they generate with the money their shareholders. We calculate ROE by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.  Finally, Carter’s, Inc.’s Return on Investment, a measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment, calculated by the return of an investment divided by the cost, stands at 21.10%.  Analysts on a consensus basis have a 1.80 recommendation on this stock.