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Are Insiders Buying Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE:CLF) Stock?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE:CLF).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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 Cleveland-Cliffs

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Executive VP & CFO Keith Koci for US$252k worth of shares, at about US$8.39 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$7.36. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. 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 paid US$1.0m for 116921 shares. On the other hand they divested 12700 shares, for US$128k. Overall, Cleveland-Cliffs insiders were net buyers 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:CLF Recent Insider Trading, November 8th 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).

Cleveland-Cliffs Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Cleveland-Cliffs. Overall, four insiders shelled out US$277k for shares in the company -- and none sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Cleveland-Cliffs Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Cleveland-Cliffs insiders own 1.6% of the company, worth about US$32m. 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 Cleveland-Cliffs Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Cleveland-Cliffs insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Cleveland-Cliffs, 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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