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Interested in getting the inside scoop? One way to do that with stocks is by analyzing the buying trends of company insiders - when they buy their company's shares, it's considered a very bullish indication.

Company insiders include members of the board and upper management. Because analysts assume they know more about their company than any other investor, when they report buying company shares it's considered a very good signal.

We ran a screen on the consumer goods sector for stocks with the most significant net insider purchases 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.‬

‪Do you think ‬these companies will outperform like insiders expect? ‪Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.‬

1. Carter's, Inc. (NYSE:CRI): Designs, sources, and markets branded children's wear. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 1,110,366 shares, which represents about 2.25% of the company's 49.43M share float.

2. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL): Develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare, and industrial markets primarily in the United States. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 6,812,657 shares, which represents about 3.24% of the company's 210.56M share float.

3. Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE:OI): Manufactures and sells glass containers primarily in Europe, North America, South America, and the Asia Pacific. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 128,739 shares, which represents about 0.09% of the company's 144.37M share float.

4. Smithfield Foods Inc. (NYSE:SFD): Engages in the production and marketing of fresh meat and packaged meat products in the United States and internationally. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 298,250 shares, which represents about 0.21% of the company's 145.33M share float.

5. Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE:STZ): Produces and markets alcoholic beverages primarily in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 34,839 shares, which represents about 0.02% of the company's 164.53M share float.

6. Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE:WHR): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 15,500 shares, which represents about 0.02% of the company's 75.54M share float.

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

Source: 6 Consumer Goods Stocks Being Snapped Up By Insiders