Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ:CATS)?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ:CATS), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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.’

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Catasys Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Steven Gorlin for US$211k worth of shares, at about US$8.71 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$13.82. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn’t tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

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!

NasdaqCM:CATS Recent Insider Trading, April 24th 2019
NasdaqCM:CATS Recent Insider Trading, April 24th 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership of Catasys

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. Catasys insiders own about US$129m worth of shares (which is 57% of the company). 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 Catasys Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Catasys insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Catasys insiders feel good about the company’s future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Catasys.

Of course Catasys may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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