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Chairman & MD Rupen Patel Just Bought Shares In Patel Engineering Limited (NSE:PATELENG)

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Those following along with Patel Engineering Limited (NSE:PATELENG) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by Rupen Patel, Chairman & MD of the company, who spent a stonking ₹300m on stock at an average price of ₹9.00. That increased their holding by a full 2464%, which arguably implies the sort of confidence required for a shy sweet-natured nerd to ask the most popular kid in the school to go out on a date.

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Patel Engineering Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Rupen Patel is the biggest insider purchase of Patel Engineering shares that we've seen in the last year. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of ₹12.10. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NSEI:PATELENG Recent Insider Trading, October 27th 2019

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).

Insider Ownership of Patel Engineering

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data indicates that Patel Engineering insiders own about ₹449m worth of shares (which is 9.5% of the company). However, it's possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Patel Engineering Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about Patel Engineering. Nice! I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

Of course Patel Engineering may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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