It is usually uneventful when a single insider buys stock. However, When quite a few insiders buy shares, as it happened in Dye & Durham Limited's (TSE:DND) case, it's fantastic news for shareholders.
While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Dye & Durham
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Leslie O'Donoghue bought CA$100k worth of shares at a price of CA$19.98 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$14.20 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
In the last twelve months Dye & Durham insiders were buying shares, but not selling. Their average price was about CA$17.48. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. 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).
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that Dye & Durham insiders own 1.6% of the company, worth about CA$13m. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.
So What Do The Dye & Durham Insider Transactions Indicate?
There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders do have a stake in Dye & Durham and their transactions don't cause us concern. Therefore, you should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Dye & Durham.
Of course Dye & Durham 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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.
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