We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Heron Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HRTX).
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 in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Heron Therapeutics
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Executive VP John Poyhonen bought US$53k worth of shares at a price of US$17.55 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$17.61 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Heron Therapeutics insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 4400 shares worth US$78k. Heron Therapeutics insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Does Heron Therapeutics 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data suggests Heron Therapeutics insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about US$3.0m. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.
So What Do The Heron Therapeutics Insider Transactions Indicate?
There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we'd be more comfortable if they owned more Heron Therapeutics stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Heron Therapeutics.
But note: Heron Therapeutics 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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