The Independent Director of First Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:THFF), Paul Pierson, Just Bought 25% More Shares

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Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Paul Pierson, the Independent Director of First Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:THFF) recently shelled out US$60k to buy stock, at US$40.18 per share. That purchase might not be huge but it did increase their holding by 25%.

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First Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Paul Pierson is the biggest insider purchase of First Financial shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$39.10. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months First Financial insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The average buy price was around US$44.51. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership Of First Financial

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that First Financial insiders own 3.8% of the company, worth about US$17m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About First Financial Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest First Financial insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with First Financial and understanding this should be part of your investment process.

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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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