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Have Insiders Been Buying Select Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLCT) 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Select Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLCT).

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.'

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Select Bancorp Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Director Oscar Harris made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$130k worth of shares at a price of US$12.00 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$11.36. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. 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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$783k for 66305 shares. But insiders sold 12831 shares worth US$145k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Select Bancorp insiders. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGM:SLCT Recent Insider Trading, July 18th 2019

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Does Select Bancorp Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Select Bancorp insiders own 14% of the company, worth about US$30m. 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 Do The Select Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Select Bancorp insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in Select Bancorp and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Select Bancorp.

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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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