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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. 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 OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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'.
OraSure Technologies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Charles Patrick, sold US$130k worth of shares at a price of US$16.29 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$9.14). So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Charles Patrick.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 21000 shares for US$184k. On the other hand they divested 8000 shares, for US$130k. Overall, OraSure Technologies insiders were net buyers last year. 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!
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).
OraSure Technologies Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at OraSure Technologies. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$184k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that OraSure Technologies insiders own 2.7% of the company, worth about US$15m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At OraSure Technologies Tell Us?
The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of OraSure Technologies we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for OraSure Technologies.
But note: OraSure Technologies may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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