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Need To Know: Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CLR) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CLR).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Continental Resources

Executive Chairman & CEO Harold Hamm made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$39m worth of shares at a price of US$44.57 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$48.05. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Continental Resources insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Harold Hamm was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

Harold Hamm bought 1.8m shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$45.38. 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!

NYSE:CLR Recent Insider Trading, April 30th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Continental Resources

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Continental Resources insiders own 78% of the company, currently worth about US$14b based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Continental Resources Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Continental Resources insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. That's what I like to see! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Continental Resources.

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