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Need To Know: Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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Citi Trends Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director & Special Advisor to the CEO Peter Sachse bought US$152k worth of shares at a price of US$16.84 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$17.98. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the Citi Trends insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Peter Sachse was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

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!

NasdaqGS:CTRN Recent Insider Trading, October 16th 2019

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Citi Trends Insiders Bought Stock Recently

There has been significantly more insider buying, than selling, at Citi Trends, over the last three months. Director & Special Advisor to the CEO Peter Sachse spent US$152k on stock. On the other hand, Independent Director Jonathan Duskin netted US$87k by selling. Insiders have spent more buying shares than they have selling, so on balance we think they are are probably optimistic.

Does Citi Trends 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. It appears that Citi Trends insiders own 6.6% of the company, worth about US$14m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Citi Trends Insider Transactions Indicate?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Citi Trends shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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