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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 before you buy or sell Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSE:TOU), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.
Tourmaline Oil Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Chairman Michael Rose made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$316k worth of shares at a price of CA$19.36 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$17.67 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 236k shares for CA$4.5m. On the other hand they divested 6715 shares, for CA$136k. Overall, Tourmaline Oil 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!
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Insiders at Tourmaline Oil Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last quarter, Tourmaline Oil insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought CA$528k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.
Insider Ownership of Tourmaline Oil
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It’s great to see that Tourmaline Oil insiders own 8.1% of the company, worth about CA$390m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Tourmaline Oil Insiders?
The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Tourmaline Oil insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. One for the watchlist, at least! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Tourmaline Oil, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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