Credit Agricole S A Buys Shares of 325,893 Nanometrics Incorporated (NANO)

Credit Agricole S A bought a new stake in shares of Nanometrics Incorporated (NASDAQ:NANO) during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund bought 325,893 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,813,000. Credit Agricole S A owned about 1.30% of Nanometrics as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of NANO. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in Nanometrics during the fourth quarter valued at $1,621,000. Comerica Bank boosted its position in Nanometrics by 6.1% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 26,288 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $672,000 after buying an additional 1,506 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its position in Nanometrics by 9.3% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 513,545 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $12,875,000 after buying an additional 43,491 shares during the last quarter. Oxford Asset Management bought a new position in Nanometrics during the fourth quarter valued at $2,648,000. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Nanometrics by 16.5% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,071,928 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $26,863,000 after buying an additional 151,456 shares during the last quarter. 81.50% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO)

Nanometrics Incorporated (NASDAQ NANO) traded up 9.36% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $27.22. 954,439 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $28.15 and a 200 day moving average of $27.24. The firm has a market cap of $687.33 million, a PE ratio of 15.06 and a beta of 1.66. Nanometrics Incorporated has a 52-week low of $18.65 and a 52-week high of $32.42.

Nanometrics (NASDAQ:NANO) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 2nd. The semiconductor company reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $59.31 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $59.15 million. Nanometrics had a net margin of 19.71% and a return on equity of 12.17%. Equities analysts forecast that Nanometrics Incorporated will post $1.23 EPS for the current year.

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NANO has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Nanometrics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th. Benchmark Co. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 price objective (up previously from $30.00) on shares of Nanometrics in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered their price objective on shares of Nanometrics from $29.00 to $25.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd.

In other Nanometrics news, VP Kevin Heidrich sold 4,336 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.00, for a total value of $130,080.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 35,676 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,070,280. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, SVP Rollin Kocher sold 1,183 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Saturday, May 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.97, for a total transaction of $33,088.51. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 28,364 shares in the company, valued at approximately $793,341.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 40,208 shares of company stock worth $1,127,531. Corporate insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

About Nanometrics

Nanometrics Incorporated is a provider of process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices, including sensors, optoelectronic devices, high-brightness (HB) light emitting diodes (LEDs), discretes and data storages components.new TradingView.widget({ “height”: 400, “width”: 625, “symbol”: “NASDAQ:NANO”, “interval”: “D”, “timezone”: “Etc/UTC”, “theme”: “White”, “style”: “1”, “locale”: “en”, “toolbar_bg”: “#f1f3f6”, “enable_publishing”: false, “hideideas”: true, “referral_id”: “2588”});

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