Feb 26, 2016

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Stocks Seeing Recent Insider Sells: AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS), Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI), CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN)

Stocks Seeing Recent Insider Sells: AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS), Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI), CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN)

“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.

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS) saw an insider sell on Feb 24, 2016 that may make shareholders worried. Jackson Denise L, General Counsel / Sr. V.P., sold 6,846 shares at $18.03 a piece. The total sale came to $4,445, leaving the total count to 70,008 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 1.10% while institutional investors own about 96.90%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -14.53%. On the other side, 6.62% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

Moving on to the second insider trade which involved Pettit CD Baer, a Chief Operating Officer at Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) sold 20,106 shares at $72.40 per share to trim the total holding at 203,870 shares. Its shares currently owned by company management are 1.70% while institutional investors own about 99.20%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -63.34%. On the other side, -2.30% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN) also received some insider trading action as Luxor Capital Group, LP, who the company’s 10% Owner is sold some 2,000,000 shares at a price of $17.00 per share. Its shares currently owned by company management are 13.60% while institutional investors own about 94.40%. The 6-month change recorded in total insider ownership was -10.84%. On the other side, -7.95% change in total institutional ownership has been reported for the 3-month period.

 

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