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Viewing insider transactions for Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CALM ) over the last year, we see that insiders were net buyers. This means that a larger number of shares were purchased by insiders in relation to shares sold.
Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.
Cal-Maine Foods Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Vice President of Sales Charles Hardin made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$77k worth of shares at a price of US$38.28 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$36.58 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is encouraging to see an insider paid above the current price for shares, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Charles Hardin.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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).
Does Cal-Maine Foods Boast High Insider Ownership?
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Cal-Maine Foods insiders own 1.5% of the company, worth about US$26m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Cal-Maine Foods Tell Us?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Cal-Maine Foods shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in Cal-Maine Foods and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. For example - Cal-Maine Foods has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
But note: Cal-Maine Foods may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE 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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