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Read This Before Selling Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:MTNB) 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 before you buy or sell Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:MTNB), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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Matinas BioPharma Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Chief Financial Officer Keith Kucinski made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$115k worth of shares at a price of US$1.23 each. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$2.31. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.

In the last twelve months Matinas BioPharma Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The average buy price was around US$0.94. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, you should keep in mind that they bought when the share price was meaningfully below today's levels. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

AMEX:MTNB Recent Insider Trading, January 3rd 2020

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).

Insiders at Matinas BioPharma Holdings Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Matinas BioPharma Holdings insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought US$220k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Matinas BioPharma Holdings 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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Matinas BioPharma Holdings insiders own about US$27m worth of shares. That equates to 7.1% 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 Matinas BioPharma Holdings Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Matinas BioPharma Holdings insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Matinas BioPharma Holdings.

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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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