4 Dividend Paying Companies Bought By Insiders Wednesday

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 |  Includes: EPAX, MVC, NWFL
by: Gutone

Dividend yields from stocks are particularly appealing for long term buy & 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 company very well.

Given the combination of good dividend payout (at least 3%) and insider purchases Wednesday, 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 is an educational company, organizes and promotes travel programs for students and professionals worldwide. It has a market cap of $87.88 million. The company pays a trailing dividend yield of 4.80%. According to Wednesday's SEC filing, Ambassadors Group has one insider who purchased a total of 16,117 shares at the total value of $81,423. Recently, the stock is not traded actively. This is likely a stock very low on my watch list.

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MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC) is a financial company, specifically in the industry of diversified investments. It is a business development company specializing in private equity investments. It has a market cap of $302.54 million. The company pays a trailing dividend yield of 3.80%. According to Wednesday's SEC filing, MVC Capital has one insider who purchased a total of 300 shares at the total value of $3,858. Its stock price is about 6.34% below its 52-week high, usually a positive technical indicator on the company. I like MVC Capital's operating margin of 54.63%, a good sign for the company's financial health. Low recent trading volume can be negative or positive. It can be negative because it will be difficult for people to discover this company. It can be positive because ignored stocks tend to be undervalued. I would watch this stock with caution.

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Norwood Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:NWFL) is a financial company, specifically in the industry of regional - northeast banks. It provides various commercial banking products and services to individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and municipalities in Pennsylvania. It has a market cap of $91.21 million. The company pays a trailing dividend yield of 4.30%. According to Wednesday's SEC filing, Norwood Financial has one insider who purchased a total of 2,000 shares at the total value of $55,780. Given that its price is only 0.43% lower than its 52-week high, the overall market sentiment appears positive. I like Norwood Financial's operating margin of 45.72%, a good sign for the company's financial health. Low recent trading volume can be negative or positive. It can be negative because it will be difficult for people to discover this company. It can be positive because ignored stocks tend to be undervalued. This is a relatively safe play.

Taylor Calvin B Bankshares Inc. (OTCQX:TYCB) is a financial company, specifically in the industry of regional - mid-Atlantic banks. It provides general commercial and retail banking products and services. It has a market cap of $70.66 million. The company pays a trailing dividend yield of 3.90%. According to Wednesday's SEC filing, Taylor Calvin B Bankshares has one insider who purchased a total of 120 shares at the total value of $2,832. Given that its price is only 14.03% lower than its 52-week high, the overall market sentiment appears positive. I like Taylor Calvin B Bankshares' operating margin of 46.33%, a good sign for the company's financial health. The trading volume has been consolidating recently.

Source of business information: Yahoo Finance

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