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Have Insiders Been Buying Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (NASDAQ:AOSL) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (NASDAQ:AOSL).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Lead Independent Director Michael Salameh made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$150k worth of shares at a price of US$10.37 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$8.46). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 18395 shares for a total of US$189k. In the last twelve months Alpha and Omega Semiconductor insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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!

NasdaqGS:AOSL Recent Insider Trading, June 18th 2019

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Does Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Boast High Insider Ownership?

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 Alpha and Omega Semiconductor insiders own 22% of the company, worth about US$44m. 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 Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Alpha and Omega Semiconductor insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in Alpha and Omega Semiconductor and their transactions don't cause us concern. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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