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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Horizon Petroleum Ltd. (CVE:HPL), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
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 on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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’.
Horizon Petroleum Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President David Winter for CA$75k worth of shares, at about CA$0.05 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of CA$0.05 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it’s a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Horizon Petroleum share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 4.0m shares worth CA$198k. While Horizon Petroleum insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
Horizon Petroleum is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 8.7% of Horizon Petroleum shares, worth about CA$261k, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.
So What Do The Horizon Petroleum Insider Transactions Indicate?
The fact that there have been no Horizon Petroleum insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more Horizon Petroleum stock. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .
Of course Horizon Petroleum may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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