Have Insiders Been Buying SpareBank 1 Østlandet (OB:SPOL) Shares This Year?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell SpareBank 1 Østlandet (OB:SPOL), 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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 3.95k shares for a total of øre341k. In total, SpareBank 1 Østlandet insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about øre86.19. Although they bought at below the recent price of øre87.60 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

OB:SPOL Recent Insider Trading, March 1st 2019
OB:SPOL Recent Insider Trading, March 1st 2019

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SpareBank 1 Østlandet Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider buying at SpareBank 1 Østlandet. Insiders shelled out øre252k for shares in that time. It’s good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Does SpareBank 1 Østlandet Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. From what we can see in our data, insiders own only about øre4.6m worth of SpareBank 1 Østlandet shares. This level of insider ownership is notably low, and not very encouraging.

So What Does This Data Suggest About SpareBank 1 Østlandet Insiders?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on SpareBank 1 Østlandet stock. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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