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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 before you buy or sell Superior Group of Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
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.'
Superior Group of Companies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The President of BAMKO, Philip Koosed, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$296k worth of shares at a price of US$20.30 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$18.76. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.
We note that in the last year insiders divested 21736 shares for a total of US$417k. Superior Group of Companies insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insiders at Superior Group of Companies Have Sold Stock Recently
We have seen a bit of insider selling at Superior Group of Companies, over the last three months. Independent Director Robin Hensley sold just US$31k worth of shares in that time. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the amount sold isn't enough for us to put any weight on it.
Does Superior Group of Companies Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Superior Group of Companies insiders own 22% of the company, worth about US$65m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Superior Group of Companies Tell Us?
While there has not been any insider buying in the last three months, there has been selling. However, the sales are not big enough to concern us at all. Recent insider selling makes us a little nervous, in light of the broader picture of Superior Group of Companies insider transactions. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Superior Group of Companies.
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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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