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Have Insiders Been Buying Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ:HNRG) Shares This Year?

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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 Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ:HNRG).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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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Hallador Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Director Charles Wesley made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$50k worth of shares at a price of US$6.02 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. It's not at all bad to see insiders buy shares at or above current prices. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Charles Wesley.

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!

NasdaqCM:HNRG Recent Insider Trading, April 4th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Hallador Energy

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 Hallador Energy insiders own 7.6% of the company, worth about US$12m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Hallador Energy Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in Hallador Energy and their transactions don't cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Hallador Energy.

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