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Have Insiders Been Buying RosCan Gold Corporation (CVE:ROS) Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in RosCan Gold Corporation (CVE:ROS).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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'.

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RosCan Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

President Gregory Isenor made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$138k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.05 each. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of CA$0.20. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 3.3m shares worth CA$176k. On the other hand they divested 1.5m shares, for CA$75k. In total, RosCan Gold insiders bought more than they sold over the 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!

TSXV:ROS Recent Insider Trading, June 22nd 2019

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Insiders at RosCan Gold Have Bought Stock Recently

There has been significantly more insider buying, than selling, at RosCan Gold, over the last three months. In total, Gregory Isenor bought CA$146k worth of shares in that time. On the other hand, insiders netted CA$52k by selling. We think insiders may be optimistic about the future, since insiders have been net buyers of shares.

Does RosCan Gold Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. From our data, it seems that RosCan Gold insiders own 13% of the company, worth about CA$2.9m. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About RosCan Gold Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that RosCan Gold insiders are expecting a bright future. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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