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In the United States and several other jurisdictions, trading conducted by corporate officers, key employees, directors, or significant shareholders (in the U.S. defined as beneficial owners of 10% or more of the firm's equity securities) must be reported to the regulator or publicly disclosed, usually within a few business days of the trade. Many investors follow the summaries of these insider trades in the hope that mimicking these trades will be profitable. While "legal" insider trading cannot be based on material non-public information, some investors believe corporate insiders nonetheless may have better insights into the health of a corporation (broadly speaking) and that their trades otherwise convey important information (e.g., about the pending retirement of an important officer selling shares, greater commitment to the corporation by officers purchasing shares, etc.).

Executives and directors have the most up-to-date information on their companies' prospects. Intimately acquainted with cyclical trends, order flow, supply and production bottlenecks, costs and other key ingredients of business success, these insiders are way ahead of analysts and portfolio managers, not to mention individual investors. Insiders' decisions - legal or not - to trade in their own companies' stocks are certainly worth examining. So, in this article, I will write about four companies that insiders bought last week and deserve to be considered.

HB Fuller Co. (FUL)

Insiders have started to snap up shares in H.B. Fuller Company. The company formulates, manufactures, and markets adhesives, sealants, paints, and other specialty chemical products worldwide. It offers specialty adhesives, such as thermoplastic, thermoset, water-based, and solvent-based products. The company provides industrial and performance adhesives products for applications in various markets, including assembly, packaging, converting, nonwoven and hygiene, performance wood, flooring, textiles, graphic arts, and envelope markets.

H.B. Fuller has a market cap of $1.53 Billion and an enterprise value of $1.99 Billion. Its trailing P/E is 22.63, and its forward P/E is just 11.57. H.B. Fuller's estimated growth rate for this year is 25.07%. It has a total cash position on its balance sheet of just $150.30 Million, and its total debt is at $616.80 Million.

James R. Giertz, Senior VP and CFO of H.B. Fuller, has just bought 3,000 shares, or $90k worth of stock, at $30.0174 per share.

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From a technical standpoint, this stock is currently trading above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock plunged from its September high of $34.52 to a recent low in October of $18.29. If you are bullish on this stock, I would look to be a buyer on the next high-volume move above some near-term overhead resistance at $30.95 a share. Look for volume that's tracking in close to or above its three-month average action of 301,792 shares.

SigmaTron International Inc. (SGMA)

Insiders have started to buy shares in SigmaTron International. This company operates as an independent provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS). It EMS services include production of assembled products, such as printed circuit board assemblies and completely assembled (box-build) electronic products.

Sigmatron International has a market cap of $19.45 Million and an enterprise value of $38.48 Million. This stock trades at a cheap valuation. Its trailing P/E is 23.57, and its forward P/E is just incalculable. Sigmatron's estimated growth rate for this year is -42.88%. It has a total cash position on its balance sheet of just $5.45 Million, and its total debt is at $24.48 Million.

Bruce J. Mantia, Director of Sigmatron, has just bought 1,000 shares, or $4,600 worth of stock, at $4.6 per share.

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From a technical standpoint, this stock is currently trading above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock plunged from its April high of $4.4 to a recent low in June of $3.04. After hitting that low, the stock bounced to its current price of $4.95. If you are bullish on this stock, I would look to be a buyer on the next high-volume move above some near-term overhead resistance at $5.09 a share. Look for volume that's tracking in close to or above its three-month average action of 7,065 shares.

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (LTS)

Another stock whose insiders are very active is Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. This company, an investment bank, through its subsidiaries, provides independent brokerage and advisory services primarily to corporate and institutional clients, and high net-worth individuals in the United States.

Ladenburg Thalmann has a market cap of $233.28 Million and an enterprise value of $408.72 Million. Its trailing P/E is incalculable, and its forward P/E is just incalculable. Ladenburg's estimated growth rate for this year is 133.05%. It has a total cash position on its balance sheet of just $23.63 Million, and its total debt is at $199.07 Million.

- Adam Scott Malamed, Chief Operating Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann, has just bought 5,000 shares, or $6,600 worth of stock, at $1.32 per share.

- Richard Lampen, President and CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann, has just bought 5,000 shares, or $6,700 worth of stock, at $1.34 per share.

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From a technical standpoint, this stock is currently trading below both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock plunged from its December, 2011 high of $2.94 to a recent low in August of $1,25. After hitting that low, the stock bounced to its current price of $1.27. If you are bullish on this stock, I would look to be a buyer on the next high-volume move above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.3 a share. Look for volume that's tracking in close to or above its three-month average action of 204,455 shares.

Kingsway Financial Services Inc. (KFS)

Another stock whose insiders are very active is Kingsway Financial Services Inc. The company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of property and casualty insurance products for individuals and businesses in the United States. It offers various automobile insurance products, including liability insurance that covers claims against its insureds responsible for automobile accidents; accident benefit policies or personal injury protection policies that provide coverage for loss of income, medical, and rehabilitation expenses for insured persons who are injured in an automobile accident; and physical damage policies, which cover damages to an insured automobile arising from a collision.

Kingsway Financial has a market cap of $39.58 Million and an enterprise value of $38.89 Million. Its trailing P/E is incalculable, and its forward P/E is just incalculable. Kingsway's estimated growth rate for this year is 90.03%. It has a total cash position on its balance sheet of just $63.44 Million, and its total debt is at $62.75 Million.

- On October 2, 2012, Joseph Stilwell, Director of Kingsway Financial, has bought 10,600 shares, or $23,711 worth of stock, at $2.2369 per share.

- On October 3, 2012, Joseph Stilwell bought 9,372 shares, or $26,429 worth of stock, at $2.82 per share.

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From a technical standpoint, this stock is currently trading above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock plunged from its March high of $4 to a recent low in September of $1,74. After hitting that low, the stock bounced to its current price of $3.01. If you are bullish on this stock, I would look to be a buyer on the next high-volume move above some near-term overhead resistance at $3.11 a share. Look for volume that's tracking in close to or above its three-month average action of 33,785 shares.

*Chart data sourced from finviz.com, all other data sourced from yahoo.com as well as the webs of the previously mentioned companies.

Source: 4 Stocks That Insiders Bought From October 1-5 To Consider

Additional disclosure: Investors buy and/or sell at their own risk. I declare that I may day-trade any stock at any time mentioned in this article. For me "long" is until I sell and few tell you that. I do not "short" stocks and few tell you that too. I also get paid one penny per view from SA and other than being published by SA and my own private stock account, I have zero connection to Wall Street and few tell you that too.