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Have Insiders Been Buying NuLegacy Gold Corporation (CVE:NUG) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in NuLegacy Gold Corporation (CVE:NUG).

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. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

See our latest analysis for NuLegacy Gold

NuLegacy Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CEO & Director Albert Matter for CA$350k worth of shares, at about CA$0.20 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of CA$0.12. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. 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 Albert Matter was also the biggest seller, having sold CA$500k worth of shares.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$922k for 4.7m shares. On the other hand they divested 2.5m shares, for CA$500k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by NuLegacy Gold insiders. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSXV:NUG Recent Insider Trading, May 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).

NuLegacy Gold Insiders Bought Stock Recently

We saw some NuLegacy Gold insider buying shares in the last three months. Albert Matter purchased CA$34k worth of shares in that period. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Does NuLegacy Gold Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From looking at our data, insiders own CA$1.6m worth of NuLegacy Gold stock, about 4.6% of the company. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The NuLegacy Gold Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. Overall the buying isn't worth writing home about. 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 NuLegacy Gold insiders are doubting the company. 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.

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