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Have Insiders Been Buying Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALPN) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALPN).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Alpine Immune Sciences

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Patrick Heron bought US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$5.37 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$6.75), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGM:ALPN Recent Insider Trading, April 24th 2019

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

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Our data isn't picking up on much insider ownership at Alpine Immune Sciences, though insiders do hold about US$670k worth of shares. It's always possible we are missing something but from our data, it looks like insider ownership is minimal.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Alpine Immune Sciences Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Alpine Immune Sciences shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. The transactions are fine but it'd be more encouraging if Alpine Immune Sciences insiders bought more shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Alpine Immune Sciences, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: Alpine Immune Sciences may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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