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Read This Before Buying PlayAGS, Inc. (NYSE:AGS) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in PlayAGS, Inc. (NYSE:AGS).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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PlayAGS Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the CEO, President & Director, David Lopez, for US$129k worth of shares, at about US$20.98 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$17.30). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 7149 shares worth US$148k. PlayAGS insiders didn't buy any shares 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!

NYSE:AGS Recent Insider Trading, August 8th 2019

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PlayAGS Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at PlayAGS. In total, insiders sold US$148k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of PlayAGS

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data suggests PlayAGS insiders own 0.6% of the company, worth about US$3.5m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About PlayAGS Insiders?

Insiders haven't bought PlayAGS stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. When you consider that most companies have higher levels of insider ownership, we're a little wary. So we're not rushing to buy, to say the least. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for PlayAGS.

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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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