SpareBank 1 Østlandet (OB:SPOL) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in SpareBank 1 Østlandet (OB:SPOL).

What Is Insider Buying?

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

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for SpareBank 1 Østlandet

SpareBank 1 Østlandet Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

While there weren’t any large insider transactions in the last twelve months, it’s still worth looking at the trading.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 10128 shares for kr885k. On the other hand they divested 1602 shares, for kr135k. Overall, SpareBank 1 Østlandet insiders were net buyers last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

OB:SPOL Recent Insider Trading, December 3rd 2019
OB:SPOL Recent Insider Trading, December 3rd 2019

SpareBank 1 Østlandet Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider buying at SpareBank 1 Østlandet. Chief Executive Officer Richard Heiberg purchased kr450k worth of shares in that period. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But the amount invested in the last three months isn’t enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

Does SpareBank 1 Østlandet Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data suggests SpareBank 1 Østlandet insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about kr17m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The SpareBank 1 Østlandet Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Insiders likely see value in SpareBank 1 Østlandet shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in SpareBank 1 Østlandet, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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