The Sr. VP & COO of MKS Instruments (NASDAQ: MKSI) is Selling Shares

By Carrie Williams

Today, the Sr. VP & COO of MKS Instruments (NASDAQ: MKSI), John Tseng-Chung Lee, sold shares of MKSI for $1.55M.

Following John Tseng-Chung Lee’s last MKSI Sell transaction on November 14, 2017, the stock climbed by 11.5%. In addition to John Tseng-Chung Lee, 4 other MKSI executives reported Sell trades in the last month.

Based on MKS Instruments’ latest earnings report for the quarter ending December 31, the company posted quarterly revenue of $512 million and quarterly net profit of $77.64 million. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $405 million and had a net profit of $45.49 million. The company has a one-year high of $116.55 and a one-year low of $64.45. MKSI’s market cap is $6.23B and the company has a P/E ratio of 18.63.

Based on 3 analyst ratings, the analyst consensus is Strong Buy with an average price target of $133.67, reflecting a -13.5% downside.

The insider sentiment on MKS Instruments has been negative according to 56 insider trades in the past three months. This sentiment is lower than the average sentiment of company insiders in this sector.

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MKS Instruments, Inc. provides instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor and analyze critical parameters of manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity. The company also provides services relating to the maintenance and repair of its products, software maintenance, installation services and training. It operates through two segments: Vacuum & Analysis and the Light & Motion. The Vacuum & Analysis segment provides a range of instruments, components, subsystems and software, which are derived from its competencies in pressure measurement and control, flow measurement and control, gas and vapor delivery, gas composition analysis, residual gas analysis, leak detection, control and information technology, ozone generation and delivery, RF & DC power, reactive gas generation and vacuum technology. Its solutions include analytical and control; materials delivery; power, plasma and reactive gas generation; and pressure and vacuum measurement. The Light & Motion segment provides a range of instruments, components and subsystems, which are derived from its competencies in lasers, photonics and optics. It includes lasers, optics and photonics solutions. MKS Instruments was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Andover, MA.