Insider Trading Report Edition 311: Notable Buys And Sales

Welcome to edition 311 of Insider Weekends. Insider buying increased last week with insiders buying $150.44 million of stock compared to $88.99 million in the week prior. Selling dropped nearly in half with insiders selling $1.15 billion of stock last week compared to $2.28 billion in the week prior.

Even as the S&P 500 flirts with its all time high and several widely followed market commentators are bearish about the market, insiders continued buying in May at a pace that exceeded what we have seen in May over the last three years. It was also interesting to see that there were several repeat purchases. Two out of the top 5 purchases this week (FDC and TICC) also made the top 5 list last week and insiders of the business development company TICC made the list for the third week in a row.

There were several interesting purchases this week that did not make the list of top 5 purchases including a $1.11 million purchase by the CEO of helicopter transportation company PHI Inc (PHII), a $1 million purchase by the CEO of data storage solutions provider Western Digital (WDC), purchases by two insiders of the car rental company Hertz (HTZ) and a purchase by the SVP of Finance of the mattress manufacturer Tempur Sealy International (TPX).

Sell/Buy Ratio: The insider Sell/Buy ratio is calculated by dividing the total insider sales in a given week by total insider purchases that week. The adjusted ratio for last week dropped to 7.67. In other words, insiders sold almost 8 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares favorably with the prior week, when the ratio stood at 25.62. We are calculating an adjusted ratio by removing transactions by funds and companies and trying as best as possible only to retain information about insiders and 10% owners who are not funds or companies.

Insider Sell Buy Ratio June 3, 2016

Note: As mentioned in the first post in this series, certain industries have their preferred metrics such as same store sales for retailers, funds from operations (FFO) for REITs and revenue per available room (RevPAR) for hotels that provide a better basis for comparison than simple valuation metrics. However metrics like Price/Earnings, Price/Sales and Enterprise Value/EBITDA included below should provide a good starting point for analyzing the majority of stocks.

Notable Insider Buys:

1. Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (ENH): $68.77

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer John Charman acquired 290,000 shares of this insurance company, paying $68.17 per share for a total amount of $19.77 million.

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