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The buying trends of company insiders is a great tool to gauge how employees feel about their company’s outlook – no investor knows more about the company than they do, so their choice to buy company stock is a strong vote of confidence.

We ran a screen on stocks exhibiting the “golden cross” technical indicator, in which the stock’s 50-day moving average crosses above its 200-day MA, signaling recent bullish momentum. We screened these stocks for those seeing net insider buying over the last six months.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬


We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

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Do you think these insiders are calling it right? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by net insider purchases as a percent of share float.

1. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI): Provides business and mission critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers worldwide. Market cap of $15.77B. SMA50 at $43.31 vs. SMA200 at $42.98 (current price at $45.95). Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 17.60M, which is 6.72% of the company's 261.86M share float. The stock has gained 37.57% over the last year.

2. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN): Manufactures, markets, distributes and sells natural and organic food and personal care products in the United States and internationally. Market cap of $1.47B. SMA50 at $31.50 vs. SMA200 at $31.50 (current price at $33.31). Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 1.23M, which is 3.41% of the company's 36.14M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.34% (equivalent to 6.59 days of average volume). The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.52%.

3. VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW): Provides virtualization and virtualization-based cloud infrastructure solutions primarily in the United States. Market cap of $42.34B. SMA50 at $90.55 vs. SMA200 at $90.49 (current price at $100.32). Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 1.62M, which is 2.08% of the company's 77.80M share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 12.52%.

4. Isramco Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRL): Engages in the acquisition, development, production and exploration of onshore oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Market cap of $229.02M. SMA50 at $67.28 vs. SMA200 at $64.95 (current price at $84.20). Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 15.17K, which is 1.55% of the company's 978.12K share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.8% (equivalent to 31.5 days of average volume). It has been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 5.29% over the last week. The stock has had a good month, gaining 27.96%.

5. CompX International Inc. (NYSEMKT:CIX): Manufactures and sells security products, precision ball bearing slides, and ergonomic computer support systems used in the office furniture, transportation, postal, tool storage, appliance and various other industries. Market cap of $188.95M. SMA50 at $13.64 vs. SMA200 at $13.62 (current price at $15.25). Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 7.84K, which is 1.07% of the company's 731.77K share float. The stock has had a good month, gaining 10.67%.

*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.

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