Have Insiders Been Buying Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUBY) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 24, 2021
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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUBY).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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'.

See our latest analysis for Rubius Therapeutics

Rubius Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider Christina Coughlin made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$105k worth of shares at a price of US$5.52 each. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$11.18. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.

While Rubius Therapeutics insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about US$4.75. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. But we must note that the investments were made at well below today's share price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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NasdaqGS:RUBY Insider Trading Volume February 25th 2021

Rubius Therapeutics 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.

Does Rubius Therapeutics 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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Rubius Therapeutics insiders own 7.6% of the company, worth about US$69m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Rubius Therapeutics Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Rubius Therapeutics shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Overall we don't see anything to make us think Rubius Therapeutics insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Rubius Therapeutics. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 2 warning signs with Rubius Therapeutics and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

But note: Rubius Therapeutics may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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