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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in First Commonwealth Financial Corporation (NYSE:FCF).
What Is Insider Selling?
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.
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’.
First Commonwealth Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Luke Latimer for US$98k worth of shares, at about US$12.24 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$12.67. 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. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today’s share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 14170 shares worth US$177k. While First Commonwealth Financial insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. 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!
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Insiders at First Commonwealth Financial Have Bought Stock Recently
There was some insider buying at First Commonwealth Financial over the last quarter. Executive VP Matthew Tomb shelled out US$13k for shares in that time. It’s good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.
Does First Commonwealth Financial 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. First Commonwealth Financial insiders own about US$19m worth of shares. That equates to 1.5% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About First Commonwealth Financial Insiders?
Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. Overall the buying isn’t worth writing home about. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in First Commonwealth Financial and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for First Commonwealth Financial.
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