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Insider Buying: The Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY) President Just Bought 7.4% More Shares

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Potential Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY) shareholders may wish to note that the President, Gabriel Tirador, recently bought US$104k worth of stock, paying US$34.82 for each share. While that's a very decent purchase to our minds, it was proportionally a bit modest, boosting their holding by just 7.4%.

See our latest analysis for Mercury General

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Mercury General

Executive Chairman of the Board George Joseph made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.9m worth of shares at a price of US$38.93 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$36.12. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for 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 insiders purchased 80.42k shares for US$3.1m. But they sold 600 shares for US$36k. In total, Mercury General insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. 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:MCY Recent Insider Trading May 12th 2020
NYSE:MCY Recent Insider Trading May 12th 2020

Mercury General is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Insider Ownership of Mercury General

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. Mercury General insiders own 51% of the company, currently worth about US$1.0b based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The Mercury General Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Mercury General insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. Looks promising! So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Mercury General 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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