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Need To Know: USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK) 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK).

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 in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own companys stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At USA Truck

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CFO & Executive VP Jason Bates for US$186k worth of shares, at about US$13.75 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$7.93 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

While USA Truck insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about US$11.13. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:USAK Recent Insider Trading, October 3rd 2019

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USA Truck Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at USA Truck. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$299k worth of shares. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Insider Ownership of USA Truck

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 11% of USA Truck shares, worth about US$7.1m, according to our data. However, it's possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At USA Truck Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that USA Truck insiders are expecting a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for USA Truck.

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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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