Do you like to follow the buying trends of company insiders? Insiders such as members of the board and upper management report when they buy company shares, which is viewed by analysts as a very positive event because who knows the company better than its insiders.
With this idea in mind, we ran a screen on the S&P 500 for stocks rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages for those with the highest net insider purchases over the last six months. This indicates that company insiders expect these names - their employers - to outperform.
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 agree with these insiders that their employers will outperform? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.
1. Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS): Provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services in North America and Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The stock is currently trading 2.82% above its 20-day moving average, 4.94% above its 50-day MA, and 23.20% above its 200-day MA. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 645,158 shares, which represents about 0.59% of the company's 109.69M share float.
2. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ): Provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, securities listing, and public company services worldwide. The stock is currently trading 0.05% above its 20-day moving average, 2.93% above its 50-day MA, and 6.98% above its 200-day MA. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 881,724 shares, which represents about 0.65% of the company's 135.02M share float.
3. Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG): Provides nonhazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in the United States. The stock is currently trading 2.06% above its 20-day moving average, 5.17% above its 50-day MA, and 7.02% above its 200-day MA. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 7,694,475 shares, which represents about 2.53% of the company's 303.85M share float.
*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.