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Have Insiders Been Buying Brigham Minerals, Inc. (NYSE:MNRL) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Brigham Minerals, Inc. (NYSE:MNRL).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Brigham Minerals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Executive Chairman Ben Brigham bought US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$18.00 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$18.77 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Brigham Minerals share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$4.0m for 222k shares purchased. While Brigham Minerals insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. 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!

NYSE:MNRL Recent Insider Trading, August 26th 2019

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Based on our data, Brigham Minerals insiders have about 0.5% of the stock, worth approximately US$4.5m. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Brigham Minerals Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Brigham Minerals shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we'd be more comfortable if they owned more Brigham Minerals stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Brigham Minerals, 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. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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