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The following is a list of 10 stocks seeing heavy insider buying ahead of next week's earnings releases. For each stock, we'll focus on insider and institutional trading, short float, and market cap (click on chart to enlarge).



The list has been sorted by insider transactions over the last 3 months.

1. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AUXL): Drug Related Products Industry. Market cap of $1.07B. Insiders, who currently own 0.27% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 236.29% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 95%, increased holdings by 12.39% over the same period. Short float at 22.45%, which implies a short ratio of 11.7 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 5.

2. NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $3.67B. Insiders, who currently own 1.77% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 95.29% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 22.24%, increased holdings by 6.95% over the same period. Short float at 0.29%, which implies a short ratio of 0.54 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 2.

3. Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc. (NYSE:IVR): Mortgage Investment Industry. Market cap of $527.88M. Insiders, who currently own 0.2% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 62.74% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 43.22%, increased holdings by 84.05% over the same period. Short float at 3.84%, which implies a short ratio of 3.17 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 4.

4. Unit Corp. (NYSE:UNT): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $1.96B. Insiders, who currently own 0.9% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 59.14% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 92.12%, increased holdings by 0.89% over the same period. Short float at 4.6%, which implies a short ratio of 3.79 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 3.

5. Cedar Fair LP (NYSE:FUN): General Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $746.82M. Insiders, who currently own 3.55% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 58.84% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 42.65%, increased holdings by 38.35% over the same period. Short float at 0.39%, which implies a short ratio of 1.03 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 3.

6. Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. (NYSE:LVB): Recreational Goods Industry. Market cap of $234.15M. Insiders, who currently own 41.37% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 51.02% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 45.61%, increased holdings by 2.05% over the same period. Short float at 2.96%, which implies a short ratio of 7.71 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 5.

7. Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT): REIT. Market cap of $702.77M. Insiders, who currently own 12.49% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 26.87% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 67.75%, increased holdings by 214.88% over the same period. Short float at 2.82%, which implies a short ratio of 2.77 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 4.

8. Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE:RLH): Lodging Industry. Market cap of $137.08M. Insiders, who currently own 11.2% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 26.37% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 41.99%, increased holdings by 1.58% over the same period. Short float at 3.14%, which implies a short ratio of 6.3 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 4.

9. PetroQuest Energy Inc. (NYSE:PQ): Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $419.38M. Insiders, who currently own 12.43% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 24.01% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 62.26%, increased holdings by 0.36% over the same period. Short float at 12.09%, which implies a short ratio of 5.1 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 6.

10. Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:CGX): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $482.55M. Insiders, who currently own 7.93% of the company's stock, increased holdings by 23.59% over the last 3 months, while institutional investors, who currently own 88.9%, increased holdings by 2.46% over the same period. Short float at 3.5%, which implies a short ratio of 2.9 days. Earnings release scheduled for August 4.

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Source: 10 Stocks Seeing Insider Buying Ahead of Next Week's Earnings Reports