Jun 6, 2016

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Insider Buys Are Telling Something: Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK), Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ:WDC), Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD)

Insider Buys Are Telling Something: Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK), Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ:WDC), Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD)

Insider Trading is the buying or selling of a security by someone who has access to material, nonpublic information about the security. Insider trading is legal once the material information has been made public, at which time the insider has no direct advantage over other investors. The SEC, however, still requires all insiders to report all their transactions. So, as insiders have an insight into the workings of their company, it may be wise for an investor to look at these reports to see how insiders are legally trading their stock.

It isn’t a coincidence that corporate executives seem to always buy and sell at the right times. After all, the CEOs and CFOs of the world have access to every bit of company information you could ever want. This kind of information is extremely valuable to individual investors. For example, if insiders are buying shares in their own companies, they usually know something that normal investors do not. They might buy because they see great potential, a merger, acquisition or simply because they think their stock is undervalued.

Moving on to the first insider trade June 01, 2016 which involved FROST PHILLIP MD ET AL, a CEO & Chairman at Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK), who acquired 10,800 shares at $10.49 per share to put the total holding at 159,677,143 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 6.20% while institutional investors own about 20.30%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was 4.44%. On the other side, -4.13% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ:WDC) saw an insider buy stock in the company on June 31, MILLIGAN STEPHEN D, director of the company, bought 22,500 shares for $45.53 per share worth a total of $1,024,425. After this insider buying, MILLIGAN STEPHEN D now has a total stake of 22,567 shares in the company. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.10% while institutional investors own about 77.10%. On the other side, 9.72% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) also received some insider trading action as Hewett Wayne M., who is the company’s Director added some 350 shares at a price of $132.53 per share to the holding that now comprises of 1,050 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.10% while institutional investors own about 73.90%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -10.43%. On the other side, -0.71% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

 

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