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Are Insiders Buying Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE:DNR) 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 before you buy or sell Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE:DNR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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Denbury Resources Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

President Christian Kendall made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$299k worth of shares at a price of US$2.00 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$1.09. 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 an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. Christian Kendall was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

Christian Kendall bought a total of 250000 shares over the year at an average price of US$1.70. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:DNR Recent Insider Trading, October 7th 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).

Denbury Resources Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw some Denbury Resources insider selling. Independent Director Gregory McMichael only netted US$22k selling shares, in that period. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the amount sold isn't enough for us to put any weight on it.

Does Denbury Resources Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 1.6% of Denbury Resources shares, worth about US$8.2m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Denbury Resources Insiders?

We did not see any insider buying in the last three months, but we did see selling. However, the sales are not big enough to concern us at all. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Denbury Resources insiders are doubting the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Denbury Resources, 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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