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Have Insiders Been Buying Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC) Shares This Year?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

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

Check out our latest analysis for Range Resources

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Range Resources

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Steven Gray bought US$219k worth of shares at a price of US$10.95 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$6.28 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 61100 shares worth US$593k. Range Resources may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The average buy price was around US$9.70. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. 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!

NYSE:RRC Recent Insider Trading, July 15th 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).

Range Resources Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Range Resources insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$276k worth of shares. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Does Range Resources Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.7% of Range Resources shares, worth about US$11m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Range Resources Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Range Resources insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Range 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.

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