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Insider Buying: The Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CAG) Independent Director Just Bought US$1.4m Worth Of Shares

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Those following along with Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CAG) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by Craig Omtvedt, Independent Director of the company, who spent a stonking US$1.4m on stock at an average price of US$33.99. That increased their holding by a full 114%, 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.

See our latest analysis for Conagra Brands

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Conagra Brands

In fact, the recent purchase by Craig Omtvedt was the biggest purchase of Conagra Brands shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$33.34). 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.

Conagra Brands insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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!

NYSE:CAG Recent Insider Trading, January 4th 2020
NYSE:CAG Recent Insider Trading, January 4th 2020

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 Conagra Brands

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Conagra Brands insiders own 0.3% of the company, worth about US$54m. 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 Conagra Brands Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Conagra Brands we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Conagra Brands.

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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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