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Read This Before Selling Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOTJ) Shares

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Alex Johannesen
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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOTJ).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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.’

View our latest analysis for Bank of the James Financial Group

Bank of the James Financial Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Watt Foster bought US$77k worth of shares at a price of US$15.40 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 16.56k shares worth US$253k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Bank of the James Financial Group insiders. Their average price was about US$15.31. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is US$13.15. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqCM:BOTJ Insider Trading December 20th 18
NasdaqCM:BOTJ Insider Trading December 20th 18

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Bank of the James Financial Group Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Bank of the James Financial Group insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$64k worth of shares. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Bank of the James Financial Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Bank of the James Financial Group insiders own about US$4.9m worth of shares (which is 8.5% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The Bank of the James Financial Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Bank of the James Financial Group stock. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.