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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE:PHX)?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE:PHX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Panhandle Oil and Gas

Vice President of Business Development & Investor Relations Raphael D'Amico made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$99k worth of shares at a price of US$15.55 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$14.03). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months Panhandle Oil and Gas insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The average buy price was around US$13.37. Although they bought at below the recent share price, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:PHX Recent Insider Trading, October 2nd 2019

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Insiders at Panhandle Oil and Gas Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Panhandle Oil and Gas. Overall, three insiders shelled out US$113k for shares in the company -- and none sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 2.9% of Panhandle Oil and Gas shares, worth about US$6.8m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At Panhandle Oil and Gas Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Panhandle Oil and Gas insiders are expecting a bright future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Panhandle Oil and Gas, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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