Insiders Purchased These 3 Dividend-Paying Stocks Today

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 |  Includes: EPAX, FSP, NRF
by: Gutone

Dividend yields from stocks are particularly appealing for long term buy and hold, because the cash payout by itself provides a good margin of safety for the investment. What's more appealing is if insiders also start to buy shares. Insiders, especially executives and directors of companies, tend to know their companies very well.

Given the combination of good dividend payout (at least 3%) and insider purchases today, these companies can be attractive for active long term investors.

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Ambassadors Group Inc. (NASDAQ:EPAX) is a services company, specifically in the industry of education & training services. It has a market cap of $87.88 million. The company pays a trailing dividend yield of 4.80%. What's more appealing, Ambassadors Group has one insider who purchased a total of 20,663 shares at the total value of $103191 during the past three months. Recently, the stock is not traded actively. The verdict: I would not buy the stock at this point.

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Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEMKT:FSP) is a financial company, specifically in the industry of REIT - office. It has a market cap of $835.18 million. This company pays out a nice trailing dividend yield of 7.60%. What's more appealing, Franklin Street Properties has one insider who purchased a total of 5,000 shares at the total value of $49,675 during the past three months. Its price is only around 8.38% off its 52-week low. While the stock appears it might have bottomed. Investors should proceed with caution. I like Franklin Street Properties' operating margin of 22.25%, a good sign for the company's financial health. Recently, the stock is not traded actively. To conclude: A lot of caution should be used while watching new progress.

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NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF) is a financial company, specifically in the industry of REIT - retail. It has a market cap of $579.25 million. The trailing dividend yield is generous at 9.90%. What's more appealing, NorthStar Realty Finance has one insider who purchased a total of 20,000 shares at the total value of $100,820 during the past three months. Given that its price is only 14.09% lower than its 52-week high, the overall market sentiment appears positive. NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. has a very healthy operating margin of 46.07%. Thinning trading volume suggests that trading interest in the company is waning. To conclude: It doesn't appear to be at a point of entry yet. Watch.

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