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Yesterday, Jan. 5, 2015, 65 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $16.00 to $4,693,500.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) - FREE Research Report

Levin Wayne, who is General Counsel and CSO at Lions Gate Entertainment, sold 12,500 shares at $31.25 on Jan. 5, 2015. Following this transaction, the General Counsel and CSO owned 110,394 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 10.17% with the 12,500-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $30.00, down $1.25, or 4.16% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Lions Gate Entertainment go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 7,822
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 32,822
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 639,326

The average volume for Lions Gate Entertainment has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Lions Gate Entertainment has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., an entertainment company, is engaged in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, and international distribution and sales activities. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.9%. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6. Currently, there are 9 analysts who rate Lions Gate Entertainment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Lions Gate Entertainment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Lions Gate Entertainment Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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First Merchants (FRME) - FREE Research Report

Lorentson Jeffrey B, who is Chief Risk Officer at First Merchants, bought 17 shares at $18.48 on Jan. 5, 2015. Following this transaction, the Chief Risk Officer owned 12,758 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 0.13% with the 17-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $21.86, up $3.38, or 15.48% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for First Merchants go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 100
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 2,473
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,197
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 2,473
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 2,573
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 2,473

The average volume for First Merchants has been 84,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Merchants has a market cap of $804.1 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 3.16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

First Merchants Corporation operates as the financial holding company for First Merchants Bank, National Association that provides community banking services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.44%. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1. Currently, there are 3 analysts who rate First Merchants a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates First Merchants as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full First Merchants Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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MKS Instruments (MKSI) - FREE Research Report

Hanley Peter, who is Director at MKS Instruments, sold 325 shares at $36.86 on Jan. 5, 2015. Following this transaction, the Director owned 5,499 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 5.58% with the 325-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $34.99, down $1.87, or 5.34% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for MKS Instruments go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,161
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1,471
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,161
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 20,040
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,161
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 39,540

The average volume for MKS Instruments has been 289,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. MKS Instruments has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 3.17% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

MKS Instruments, Inc. operates as a provider of instruments, subsystems, and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor, and analyze critical parameters of manufacturing processes in the United States and internationally. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.82%. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1. Currently, there are 4 analysts who rate MKS Instruments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates MKS Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full MKS Instruments Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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