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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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Digirad Corporation (NASDAQ:DRAD).
What Is Insider Buying?
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.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Digirad
President Matthew Molchan made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$54k worth of shares at a price of US$2.14 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.
In the last twelve months insiders paid US$99k for 65.84k shares purchased. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Digirad insiders. Their average price was about US$1.50. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is US$0.68. 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!
I will like Digirad better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Insider Ownership of Digirad
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that Digirad insiders own 6.2% of the company, worth about US$910k. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Digirad Insiders?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Digirad shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think Digirad insiders are doubting the company. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .
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