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Insiders may be rethinking their US$11m Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AXDX) investment now that the company has lost US$6.4m in value

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Insiders who bought US$11m worth of Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AXDX) stock at an average buy price of US$4.96 over the last year may be disappointed by the recent 11% decrease in the stock. Insiders buy with the expectation to see their investments rise in value over a period of time. However, recent losses have rendered their above investment worth US$1.4m which is not ideal.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

See our latest analysis for Accelerate Diagnostics

Accelerate Diagnostics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Jack Schuler bought US$5.0m worth of shares at a price of US$5.00 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$0.64 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. 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.

Accelerate Diagnostics insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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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).

Insider Ownership of Accelerate Diagnostics

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. It appears that Accelerate Diagnostics insiders own 35% of the company, worth about US$18m. 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 Accelerate Diagnostics Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Accelerate Diagnostics insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in Accelerate Diagnostics and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Accelerate Diagnostics. To that end, you should learn about the 6 warning signs we've spotted with Accelerate Diagnostics (including 2 which shouldn't be ignored).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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