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How Many First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ:BUSE) Shares Did Insiders Buy, In The Last Year?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ:BUSE), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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. 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.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At First Busey

Director Stephen King made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.5m worth of shares at a price of US$26.83 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$26.05). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$1.9m for 70460 shares purchased. First Busey insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:BUSE Recent Insider Trading, August 5th 2019

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Insiders at First Busey Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at First Busey. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$1.6m worth of shares. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Does First Busey Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. First Busey insiders own 9.3% of the company, currently worth about US$134m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The First Busey Insider Transactions Indicate?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about First Busey. That's what I like to see! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for First Busey.

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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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