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  • Insider trading activity still signals risk for stocks 0 comments
    Jun 5, 2011 4:30 PM | about stocks: TXI, LVB, GHDX, VMW, TDG, CBPO, CECE, KRA, CTCM, RUE, WTW, TZOO, AZO, TTWO, TOL, PLOW
    In the week ended June 3, we recorded open-market insider trading activity at 564 companies having a total value of $2.8 billion. This is 114.2% higher than last week, and 153.4% higher when compared to activity a year ago. Purchases accounted for 13.9% of all open-market trades last week. Our insider sell-to-buy ratio, which excludes derivative conversions and certain other types of transactions, ended the week at 6.17, up from a previous reading of 4 (generally, a sell-to-buy ratio below 4 is considered bullish, while readings above 7 are bearish). The 4-week moving average also entered neutral territory this week following extremely bearish readings over the past month. That being said, we remain of the view that equities remain under considerable downside pressure and at the mercy of bad news or weak economic data. If the stock markets' reaction to the weak employment numbers last week is any indicator, further evidence of a stall in the global economic recovery will send investors running for the exits.

    For the 8th consecutive week, activity was the most concentrated in the Technology sector, where 260 insiders filed trades having an aggregate market value of $492 million. Rounding out the top three sectors were Financials (182 trades for $83.9 million) and Consumer Discretionary (151 trades for $2 billion).

    The largest open-market transaction of the week was in CTCM stock, where Crown Finance Foundation, a large shareholder in the firm, sold 39,548,900 shares for a total of $1.1 billion. The biggest buy last week was for 388,741 shares of TXI, worth $15.8 million.

    Largest insider buys this week

    Largest insider sales this week

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