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Need To Know: Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRVS) 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. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRVS).

What Is Insider Selling?

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.'

See our latest analysis for Corvus Pharmaceuticals

Corvus Pharmaceuticals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chief Financial Officer Leiv Lea bought US$102k worth of shares at a price of US$4.15 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$5.02. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. 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. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$434k for 114k shares purchased. While Corvus Pharmaceuticals insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGM:CRVS Recent Insider Trading, July 3rd 2019

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Corvus Pharmaceuticals Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Corvus Pharmaceuticals. In total, insiders bought US$183k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Corvus Pharmaceuticals 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 6.4% of Corvus Pharmaceuticals shares, worth about US$9.5m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At Corvus Pharmaceuticals Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Corvus Pharmaceuticals insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Corvus Pharmaceuticals, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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