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The President of Extended Stay America, Inc. (NASDAQ:STAY), Bruce Haase, Just Bought 57% More Shares

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Potential Extended Stay America, Inc. (NASDAQ:STAY) shareholders may wish to note that the President, Bruce Haase, recently bought US$108k worth of stock, paying US$14.42 for each share. We reckon that's a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 57%.

Check out our latest analysis for Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chief Financial Officer Brian Nicholson for US$148k worth of shares, at about US$14.76 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$14.33. 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 always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 38195 shares worth US$555k. But they sold 7500 for US$104k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Extended Stay America insiders. 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!

NasdaqGS:STAY Recent Insider Trading, December 10th 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Extended Stay America insiders own about US$26m worth of shares. That equates to 1.0% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Extended Stay America Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Extended Stay America shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Extended Stay America.

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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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