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Need To Know: Argan, Inc. (NYSE:AGX) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

Ben Rossbaum

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Argan, Inc. (NYSE:AGX).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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Argan Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director John Jeffrey for US$57k worth of shares, at about US$38.24 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was John Jeffrey.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:AGX Insider Trading January 31st 19

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Does Argan 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 6.2% of Argan shares, worth about US$41m. 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 Argan Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Argan insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Argan insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Argan, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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