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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Ring Energy, Inc. (NYSEMKT:REI)?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Ring Energy, Inc. (NYSEMKT:REI).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

See our latest analysis for Ring Energy

Ring Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Lloyd Rochford, for US$1.1m worth of shares, at about US$11.48 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$4.93. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$2.7m for 235k shares sold. In the last year Ring Energy insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

AMEX:REI Recent Insider Trading, May 9th 2019

If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Does Ring Energy 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Ring Energy insiders own 5.4% of the company, worth about US$18m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Ring Energy Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Ring Energy shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Ring Energy insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

But note: Ring Energy may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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