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Have Insiders Been Buying CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE:CTT) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (NYSE:CTT).

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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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CatchMark Timber Trust Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Donald Moss for US$95k worth of shares, at about US$9.52 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$10.01 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. 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. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 48731 shares worth US$417k. While CatchMark Timber Trust insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. The average buy price was around US$8.55. Although they bought at below the recent share price, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:CTT Recent Insider Trading, April 11th 2019

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).

CatchMark Timber Trust Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, CatchMark Timber Trust insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Donald Moss spent US$95k on stock, and there wasn't any selling. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

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. Insiders own 1.2% of CatchMark Timber Trust shares, worth about US$5.8m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At CatchMark Timber Trust Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on CatchMark Timber Trust stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for CatchMark Timber Trust.

But note: CatchMark Timber Trust 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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