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Insiders Roundup

- By Tiziano Frateschi

The GuruFocus All-in-One Screener can be used to find insider trades from the past week. Under the Insiders tab, change the settings for All Insider Buying to "$5,000,000+," the duration to "March 2017" and All Insider Sales to "$5,000,000+."


According to the above filters, the following are trades from company insiders this week.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) 10% owner Winder Investment Pte. Ltd. bought a total of 262,682 shares at prices between $126.19 and $128.38 on March 13, 14, 15 and 16. Since then, the stock price has increased to $131.31.

It is engaged in manufacturing and supplying of flavors and fragrances for the food, beverage, personal care and household products industries either in the form of compounds or individual ingredients.

The company has an institutional ownership of 77.02% and insider ownership of 1.77%.

During the last 12 months, the stock price has increased by 16.57% and is now trading with a price-book (P/B) ratio of 6.24. The price is 8.40% below its 52-week high and 17.76% above its 52-week low.

Calavo Growers Inc. (CVGW) Chairman of the Board and CEO Lecil E. Cole bought 95,000 shares for $56.42 per share on March 13. Since then, the stock price has increased by 4.9% to $59.20.

It is in the avocado industry and an expanding provider of value-added fresh food. It sells avocados to a group of supermarket chains, wholesalers, food service and other distributors under brand labels as well as private labels.

The company has an institutional ownership of 66.40% and insider ownership of 8.35%.

During the last 12 months, the stock price has increased by 5.16% and is now trading with a P/B ratio of 4.71. The price is 17.88% below its 52-week high and 20.41% above its 52-week low.

TransDigm Group Inc. (TDG) Director Robert J. Small bought 104,967 shares for $232.95 per share on March 14. Since then, the stock price has risen by 3.0% to $239.84.

It is a designer, producer and supplier of engineered aircraft components for use on commercial and military aircraft in service.

The company has an institutional ownership of 94.22% and insider ownership of 0.56%.

During the last 12 months, the stock price has increased by 6.41% and is now 18.02% below its 52-week high and 12.43% above its 52-week low.

NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) Director John C. Wilder Jr. bought 1,200,000 shares for $17.47 per share on March 16. Since then, the stock price has risen by 4.6% to $18.28.

It is engaged in the ownership and operation of power generation facilities; the trading of energy, capacity and related products; transacting in and trading of fuel and transportation services and the direct sale of energy, services to retail customers.

The company has an institutional ownership of 78.88% and insider ownership of 1.23%.

During the last 12 months, the stock price has increased by 30.73% and is now trading with a P/B ratio of 1.24. The price is 1.67% below its 52-week high and 85.47% above its 52-week low.

Most important sales of the week

Planet Fitness Inc. (PLNT) Director and 10% owner LeComte Pierre sold 14,775,000 shares for $20.44 per share on March 14. Since then, the stock price has dropped by 1.5% to $20.14.

The company has an institutional ownership of 51.99% and insider ownership of 0.01%. It is a franchisor and operator of fitness centers in the U.S. by number of members and locations. The company has three reportable segments: Franchise; Corporate-owned stores; and Equipment.

During the last 12 months, the stock price has increased by 35.94% and is now 19.68% below its 52-week high and 36.03% above its 52-week low.

J. Jill Inc. (JILL) 10% owner TowerBrook Investors Ltd. sold 11,666,667 shares for $12.09 per share on March 14. Since then, the stock price has increased by 4% to $12.57.

It operates a network of apparel stores in the U.S. The company's business strategy is centred on the idea of offering products that appeal to the middle-aged affluent class of women.

Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT) 10% owner Jim C. Walton, 10% owner Alice L. Walton and Director and 10% owner S. Robson Walton sold a total of 9 million shares for $70.50 per share on March 16. Since then, the stock price has increased by 0.3% to $70.68.

The company has an institutional ownership of 71.18% and insider ownership of 1.20%. It operates retail stores in various formats under various banners. Its operations comprise of three reportable business segments - Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam's Club - in three categories - retail, wholesale and others.

During the last 12 months, the stock price has increased by 4.74% and is now trading with a P/B ratio of 2.69. The price is 6.04% below its 52-week high and 12.64% above its 52-week low.

Disclosure: I do not own any shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.

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