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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 before you buy or sell Champions Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSBR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 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 Champions Oncology
The Chairman of the Board, Joel Ackerman, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$384k worth of shares at a price of US$17.02 each. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$9.54. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.
In total, Champions Oncology insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, 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 Champions Oncology better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Does Champions Oncology 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. It appears that Champions Oncology insiders own 21% of the company, worth about US$23m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Champions Oncology Insiders?
The fact that there have been no Champions Oncology insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Still, the insider transactions at Champions Oncology in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
But note: Champions Oncology may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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