Jun 23, 2016

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Significant Insider Buying Activity: LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC), Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK), Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR)

Significant Insider Buying Activity: LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC), Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK), Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR)

“Insider trading” is a term that most investors have heard and usually associate with illegal conduct. But the term actually includes both legal and illegal conduct. The legal version is when corporate insiders—officers, directors, and employees—buy and sell stock in their own companies. When corporate insiders trade in their own securities, they must report their trades to the SEC.

“Insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise” (Peter Lynch, one of the greatest investors of all time).

Insiders know their industry, in particular the company they are managing.

Insider trading can be profitable only if securities prices move. Therefore, insiders hoping to trade on inside information may try to get the price to move by cutting the company’s costs, seeking new products, and so on. While such actions benefit the insider, they also benefit the firm’s security holders as a group.

No one invests to lose money, so do corporate insiders. They are prevented from buying and selling their company stock within a six-month period: therefore, insiders buy stock when they feel the company will perform well over the long-term.

Moving on to the first insider trade June 17, 2016 which involved Chen Tian Qiao, a 10% Owner at LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC), who acquired 24,299,900 shares at $4.01 per share to put the total holding at 57,739,270 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 1.50% while institutional investors own about 94.70%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was 491.34%. On the other side, 4.45% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK) saw an insider buy stock in the company on June 20. FROST PHILLIP MD ET AL, CEO & Chairman of the company, bought 10,000 shares for $9.19 per share worth a total of $91,892. After this insider buying, FROST PHILLIP MD ET AL now has a total stake of 159,798,743 shares in the company. 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 4.07%. On the other side, -4.06% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Winthrop Realty Trust (NYSE:FUR) also received some insider trading action as ASHNER MICHAEL L, who is the company’s c Chairman and CEO added some 5,000 shares at a price of $8.69 per share to the holding that now comprises of 2,989,251 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 0.10% while institutional investors own about 74.30%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -76.60%. On the other side, -0.13% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

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