December 3rd, 2013
by Tim Melvin, Money Morning
Insider buying has been proven to have significant predictive power for stock prices - which is why we like to make a list of possible "insider" stocks to buy.
No one knows more about the condition and prospects of a business than the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief financial officer (CFO). When insiders like them buy stocks in the open market of the companies they control, the stock often outperforms the broader market for the next several years.
According to Nejat Seyhun, a professor and researcher in the field of insider trading at the University of Michigan, when insiders are buying shares in their own companies, the stock tends to outperform the total market by 8.9% over the next 12 months.
In the past month there have been some significant buys by the top two executives in some interesting companies. Let's take a look.
3 Stocks to Buy That Insiders Can't Get Enough of Now
The first "insider" stock to buy is Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), one of the leading internet security providers in the world.
Symantec makes a wide range of products that help individuals and businesses keep their computers and mobile devices safe from viruses and malware. The stock recently dropped sharply after the company fell short of analysts' quarterly earnings expectations, but CEO Stephen Bennett clearly disagrees with the market's opinion of the company's prospects. He got out his checkbook and added 1,000,000 shares of stock for a total cost of more than $2.2 million. He now owns 488,000 shares of Symantec stock and clearly has high expectations for the future of Symantec's stock price.
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The second company with notable insider stock purchasing is Coach Inc. (NYSE: COH). Shares fell about 18% from July 25 to Oct. 23, as analysts and investors have downgraded their expectations for the handbag and apparel maker. The company is trying to rebrand itself as more of a lifestyle company and recently introduced a new line of footwear products. It's also expanding its total retail space and plans to spend almost $300 million to increase its selling floor footprint.
Sales and profits were flat year over year in the latest quarter, but company CEO Lew Frankfort clearly thinks better times lie ahead for the company. He recently spent more than $1 million to buy 21,000 shares in the open market.
Finally, Simonds First National Corp. (Nasdaq: SFNC) is a Midwestern bank with 96 branches in Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. The stock has been strong this year, but CEO George Makris thinks there is additional upside ahead for the shares.
Since 2010 the company has been buying assets and loans from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation with a loss-sharing arrangement wherein the FDIC is responsible for 80% of losses associated with the assets. Makris is apparently a big believer of the strategy, as he has purchased stock on several occasions this year. The latest was in October, when he spent another $622,000 to buy 19,308 shares in the open market.
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