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Stock sentiment can come from many different directions, but the sentiment of insiders is particularly interesting – after all, they know more about their companies than anyone else.

Below is a list of 6 small cap stocks, with market caps just over $100M. These stocks have seen significant increases in shares held by insiders over the last 6 months.



Are these names, and their insiders, to be trusted? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis into insider sentiment trades.

List sorted by percent increase in shares held by insiders.

1. Oncothyreon Inc (NASDAQ:ONTY): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $123.37M. Insiders bought 5,100 net shares over the last 6 months, which is an increase of 15.70% of shares held by insiders. ONTY is exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 12.05% above its SMA20, 22.26% above its SMA50, and 20.23% above its SMA200. The stock has gained 5.4% over the last week.

2. Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB): Sporting Activities Industry. Market cap of $116.25M. Insiders bought 170,967 net shares over the last 6 months, which is an increase of 6.60% of shares held by insiders. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.19). CLUB is exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 6.78% above its SMA20, 13.72% above its SMA50, and 49.59% above its SMA200. The stock has gained 36.27% over the last year.

3. TranSwitch Corp. (TXCC): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $116.33M. Insiders bought 422,297 net shares over the last 6 months, which is an increase of 6.20% of shares held by insiders. TXCC is exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 42.9% above its SMA20, 76.43% above its SMA50, and 93.74% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.4% over the last week.

4. Heritage Financial Group (NASDAQ:HBOS): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $112.53M. Insiders bought 57,000 net shares over the last 6 months, which is an increase of 5.20% of shares held by insiders. HBOS has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.7), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock has gained 6.95% over the last year.

5. Middleburg Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:MBRG): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $114.24M. Insiders bought 35,650 net shares over the last 6 months, which is an increase of 2.10% of shares held by insiders. Risk-averse investors may appreciate that MBRG has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.72). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.53% over the last week.

6. Peoples Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEOP): Regional Industry. Market cap of $100.89M. Insiders bought 31,259 net shares over the last 6 months, which is an increase of 2.00% of shares held by insiders.

*Insider data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: 6 Small Cap Stocks Being Snapped Up by Insiders