Actions speak louder than words, as the saying goes. And when it comes to insiders, that certainly seems to be the case. If we track informative insider buy transactions, we can get an idea of the stocks that insiders see as compelling investing opportunities right now. As insiders have access to a wealth of company information, these insights can be very valuable when deciding which stocks to buy or sell. With that in mind we took a closer look at three stocks insiders are snapping up right now:
Immunomedics focuses on the development of antibody-drugs for the treatment of cancer. Most notably sacituzumab has received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA for the treatment of patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who failed previous therapies. It’s also granted the drug fast track designation for lung cancer treatment.
Shares have surged 12% in the last five days, and that’s partly down to an influx of insider money. Most notably, corporate director and owner venBio Select Advisor LLC recently picked up a whopping $13.5 million worth of stock. That brings venBio’s total holding of IMMU to just over $298 million.
And it’s not just insiders that are bullish. The stock also shows a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus with an average price target of $23- indicating that further upside potential of 54% lies ahead. “As we expect sacituzumab to address a major unmet need in the treatment of r/r mTNBC [metastatic triple negative breast cancer] next year, we continue to think that IMMU is undervalued for its potential” comments Cowen & Co analyst Phil Nadeau.
“We continue to expect sacituzumab will become a standard mTNBC treatment upon its approval” the analyst added. He notes that Daiichi’s DS-1062a has the potential to be long-term competition to IMMU's sacituzumab- but reassures investors that IMMU is clearly well ahead. “Given sacituzumab's several-year lead, it will be incumbent upon DS-1062a to show meaningful advantages in order to displace it” the analyst writes.
Fastly Inc (FSLY)
Cloud computing services provider Fastly is a newcomer to the markets. The company, which helps companies deliver online content more quickly, debuted on the NYSE back in May. Its IPO was a great success; the company sold 11.25 million shares at $16 each, bringing returns of $180 million. Since the IPO shares have surged to the current price of $20.55.
And now we can see that insiders are already pouring more money into this fast-growing tech stock. Abdiel Capital Management, one of the company’s owners, has just picked up a further $7.62 million of FSLY stock. This brings the total holding to $78.8 million.
No doubt this move would make sense to five-star analyst Brad Reback of Stifel Nicolaus. He initiated coverage of the stock with a buy rating and $25 price target (22% upside potential).
The analyst contends: “In the coming years, we believe Fastly can leverage its superior technological approach to drive continued strong net new customer additions and expand its wallet share among its existing installed base.” Combined with a large market opportunity and the ability to further penetrate international markets, Reback is confident that Fastly can sustain at least a 30% top-line growth profile.
Myovant Sciences (MYOV)
Myovant Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharma developing therapies for women’s health and endocrine diseases. Shares have crashed 47% year-to-date, with the selloff prompted by the release of relugolix phase 3 uterine fibroids data. Investors are concerned about Abbvie’s (ABBV) uterine fibroid rival, Orlissa.
However, insiders are demonstrating their confidence in the company. In the last three months insiders have bought a whopping $160 million of shares. That includes a $45,000 purchase from director Sebelius Kathleen, as well as $20 million from owner Viking Global Investors. Indeed, all ten transactions in the last month are positive insider buy transactions- with only one insider sell transaction recorded four months ago.
Furthermore, the Street is also staying onside. All five analysts covering the stock rate Myovant a ‘buy.’ That gives the stock its ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus. Meanwhile their average price target of $26 indicates massive upside potential of 194%.
Analysts argue that the stock looks oversold at current levels, with Barclays analyst Geoffrey Meacham saying he still believes Myovant’s relugolix has a favorable profile compared to rival offerings. Meanwhile five-star Evercore ISI analyst Ravi Mehrotra is anticipating revenues of $944M for relugolix by 2023 due to its "commercial advantage of a one-a-day pill."