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Are Insiders Selling Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana (NASDAQ:HFBL) Stock?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana (NASDAQ:HFBL).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.'

View our latest analysis for Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana

Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the President, James Barlow, for US$90k worth of shares, at about US$34.50 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$33.82. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$247k for 7418 shares sold. Insiders in Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana didn't buy any shares in 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!

NasdaqCM:HFBL Recent Insider Trading, June 11th 2019

If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Does Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana insiders own about US$14m worth of shares. That equates to 23% of the company. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana shares in the last quarter. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana insiders. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

But note: Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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