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Bullish insiders bet US$10m on Apartment Investment and Management Company (NYSE:AIV)

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Quite a few insiders have dramatically grown their holdings in Apartment Investment and Management Company (NYSE:AIV) over the past 12 months. An insider's optimism about the company's prospects is a positive sign.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

View our latest analysis for Apartment Investment and Management

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Apartment Investment and Management

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Terry Considine for US$2.9m worth of shares, at about US$6.61 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$7.55), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$10m for 1.68m shares. On the other hand they divested 143.44k shares, for US$684k. Overall, Apartment Investment and Management insiders were net buyers during the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Apartment Investment and Management Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Apartment Investment and Management insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. We can see that Director Terry Considine paid US$2.1m for shares in the company. No-one sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Does Apartment Investment and Management Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Apartment Investment and Management insiders own about US$29m worth of shares. That equates to 2.5% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Apartment Investment and Management Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Apartment Investment and Management we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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