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Insider Buying: Gerald Spector Just Spent US$2.9m On Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC) Shares

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Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that insider Gerald Spector recently bought a whopping US$2.9m worth of stock, at a price of US$28.84. That purchase boosted their holding by 381%, which makes us wonder if the move was inspired by quietly confident deeply-felt optimism.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Equity Commonwealth

In fact, the recent purchase by Gerald Spector was the biggest purchase of Equity Commonwealth shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$31.08. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Equity Commonwealth insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Gerald Spector was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:EQC Recent Insider Trading March 26th 2020

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

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 Equity Commonwealth insiders own 1.8% of the company, worth about US$65m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Equity Commonwealth Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Equity Commonwealth we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Equity Commonwealth. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Equity Commonwealth you should know about.

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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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