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Weekly CEO Buys Highlight

According to GuruFocus Insider Data, these were the largest CEO buys during the past week.

Kellogg

Kellogg Co. (NYSE:K) Chairman, President, CEO, Trustee and 10% Owner Steven A. Cahillane bought 16,810 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $65.33. The price of the stock has increased by 3.64% since.

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Founded in 1906, Kellogg is a leading global producer and marketer of cereal, cookies, crackers and other packaged foods. Sales outside its home turf account for around one third of Kellogg's consolidated sales base.

The company has a market cap of $23.09 billion. Its shares traded at $67.71 with a price-earnings ratio of 24.18 as of Feb. 14.

Fourth quarter 2019 net income was $152 million compared to a loss of $82 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.

10% Owner W. K. Kellogg Foundation Trust sold 100,000 shares on Jan. 21 at a price of $70.61 and 100,000 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $63.98. The price of the stock has increased by 5.83% since.

PPD

PPD Inc. (NASDAQ:PPD) CEO David S. Simmons bought 40,000 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $27.00. The price of the stock has increased by 16.85% since.

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PPD Inc. provides drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry worldwide. The company offers clinical development and laboratory services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, as well as government organizations.

The company has a market cap of $11.04 billion. Its shares traded at $31.55 with a price-earnings ratio of 57.89 as of Feb. 14.

On Feb. 5, the company announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 60 million shares of its common stock at $27 per share.

Chief Operating Officer William J. Sharbaugh bought 30,000 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $27. The price of the stock has increased by 16.85% since.

Executive Vice President Christopher Fikry bought 7,400 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $27. The price of the stock has increased by 16.85% since.

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Christopher G. Scully bought 26,000 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $27. The price of the stock has increased by 16.85% since.

Chief Accounting Officer Glen Donovan bought 500 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $27. The price of the stock has increased by 16.85% since.

Director Maria Teresa Hilado bought 8,000 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $27. The price of the stock has increased by 16.85% since.

Stewart Information Services

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC) CEO Frederick H. Eppinger bought 26,423 shares on Feb. 10 at a price of $39.89. The price of the stock has increased by 1.6% since.

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Stewart Information Services is a provider of real estate services. The company offers residential and commercial title insurance and closing and settlement services to the mortgage industry. In its title insurance services business segment, the company offers searching, examining, closing and insuring services of the title of real property.

The company has a market cap of $908.08 million. Its shares traded at $40.53 with a price-earnings ratio of 10.69 as of Feb. 14.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $20.6 million compared to fourth quarter 2018 net income of $11.4 million.

Director Matthew Morris sold 8,779 shares on Feb. 13 at a price of $40.8. The price of the stock has decreased by 0.66% since.

Ashland Global Holdings

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE:ASH) Chairman and CEO Guillermo Novo bought 12,900 shares on Feb. 6 at a price of $78.35. The price of the stock has increased by 3.08% since.

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Ashland Global Holdings manufactures and sells a variety of specialty chemicals, including cellulose ethers, vinyl pyrrolidones and biofunctionals. The Valvoline segment sells automotive lubricants and chemicals and operates a chain of repair shops and quick lube oil change stores under the Valvoline brand. The Performance Materials segment sells plastic resins to automotive suppliers and electronics producers.

The company has a market cap of $4.87 billion. Its shares traded at $80.76 with a price-earnings ratio of 8.61 as of Feb. 14.

Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $32 million compared to a loss of $48 million in the prior-year quarter.

Spectrum Brands Holdings

Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SPB) Executive Chairman and CEO David M. Maura bought 16,709 shares on Feb. 13 at a price of $59.84. The price of the stock has increased by 0.97% since.

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Spectrum Brands is a consumer products company and supplier of a wide variety of items such as consumer batteries, residential lock sets, residential builders' hardware, plumbing, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, etc.

The company has a market cap of $2.80 billion. Its shares traded at $60.42 with a price-earnings ratio of 5.43 as of Feb. 14.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $34.9 million compared to a loss of $112.3 million for the prior-year quarter.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jeremy W. Smeltser bought 8,305 shares on Feb. 13 at a price of $60.17. The price of the stock has increased by 0.42% since.

For the complete list of stocks bought by their company CEOs, go to: CEO Buys.

Disclosure: I do not own stock in any of the companies mentioned in the article.

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