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Read This Before Selling QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH).

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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At QCR Holdings

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by insider Michael Peterson for US$670k worth of shares, at about US$33.51 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$41.99), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 20410 shares for US$684k. But they sold 2231 for US$84k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by QCR Holdings insiders. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGM:QCRH Recent Insider Trading, December 11th 2019

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Does QCR Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. QCR Holdings insiders own about US$42m worth of shares. That equates to 6.3% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The QCR Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no QCR Holdings insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in QCR Holdings and their transactions don't cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for QCR 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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