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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. (NYSE:MITT).
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, 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.
AG Mortgage Investment Trust Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman of the Board David Roberts for US$827k worth of shares, at about US$16.53 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$16.27 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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 always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is encouraging to see an insider paid above the current price for shares, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels. David Roberts was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.
You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart 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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Insider Ownership of AG Mortgage Investment Trust
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data indicates that AG Mortgage Investment Trust insiders own about US$8.5m worth of shares (which is 1.6% of the company). Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!
What Might The Insider Transactions At AG Mortgage Investment Trust Tell Us?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded AG Mortgage Investment Trust shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. The transactions are fine but it'd be more encouraging if AG Mortgage Investment Trust insiders bought more shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for AG Mortgage Investment Trust.
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