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Are Insiders Buying Eastmain Resources Inc. (TSE:ER) Stock?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Eastmain Resources Inc. (TSE:ER).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. 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 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'.

See our latest analysis for Eastmain Resources

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Eastmain Resources

Independent Non-Executive Director Blair Schultz made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$101k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.13 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$0.12 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. Notably Blair Schultz was also the biggest seller.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 2543800 shares worth CA$411k. But they sold 210000 for CA$48k. Overall, Eastmain Resources insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around CA$0.16. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:ER 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).

Have Eastmain Resources Insiders Traded Recently?

In the last quarter Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Laurence Curtis sold CA$1.8k worth of equity. That's not a lot. Ultimately the overall selling isn't enough to tell us much.

Insider Ownership of Eastmain Resources

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. Based on our data, Eastmain Resources insiders have about 3.8% of the stock, worth approximately CA$1.1m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The Eastmain Resources Insider Transactions Indicate?

Our data shows a little more insider selling, but no insider buying, in the last three months. However, the sales are not big enough to concern us at all. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we'd be more comfortable if they owned more Eastmain Resources stock. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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