10 Of The Best Performing Insider Picks

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Includes: GHDX, MAKO, MRGE, NL, OPK, REGN, SD, SIX, VHI, VRTS
by: Kapitall

Analysts often follow the buying trends of company insiders because, after all, they know more about their companies than anyone else. If a company sees more shares being purchased by their insiders, it’s a signal to take a second look.

We ran a screen on stocks seeing significant net insider buying over the last six months for those that have performed the best over the last year.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six 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.


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Do you think their good performance will continue? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by annual performance.

1. Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI): Synthetics Industry. Market cap of $6.65B. The stock has gained 223.28%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 109.31K, which is 2.12% of the company's 5.15M share float. Exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 20.27% above its SMA20, 14.05% above its SMA50, and 79.73% above its SMA200. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 24.2% over the last week.

2. MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.34B. The stock has gained 206.43%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 485.14K, which is 1.53% of the company's 31.71M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 17.93% (equivalent to 7.09 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.95% over the last week.

3. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $5.11B. The stock has gained 145.0%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 675.38K, which is 0.95% of the company's 71.17M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 12.01% (equivalent to 8.46 days of average volume). The stock has gained 145% over the last year.

4. Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTS): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $389.31M. The stock has gained 131.73%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 20.50K, which is 0.39% of the company's 5.27M share float. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 14.34% over the last week. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 20.67%.

5. Merge Healthcare Incorporated. (NASDAQ:MRGE): Healthcare Information Services Industry. Market cap of $502.04M. The stock has gained 102.90%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 281.0K, which is 1.34% of the company's 21.00M share float. The stock has gained 102.9% over the last year.

6. Opko Health, Inc. (NYSEMKT:OPK): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $1.16B. The stock has gained 83.56%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 6.85M, which is 5.03% of the company's 136.31M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.47% (equivalent to 10.83 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 10.74% over the last week.

7. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:SIX): General Entertainment Industry. Market cap of $1.84B. The stock has gained 83.23%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 481.66K, which is 2.01% of the company's 24.00M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 7.51% (equivalent to 7.16 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 9.01% over the last week.

8. NL Industries Inc. (NYSE:NL): Synthetics Industry. Market cap of $655.94M. The stock has gained 75.52%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 52.89K, which is 0.80% of the company's 6.63M share float. Offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 3.71%, current ratio at 1.79, and quick ratio at 1.32. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.43% (equivalent to 6.62 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 7.32% over the last week.

9. SandRidge Energy, Inc. (NYSE:SD): Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Industry. Market cap of $2.84B. The stock has gained 73.0%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 1.37M, which is 0.40% of the company's 346.50M share float. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 7.24% below its SMA20, 24.38% below its SMA50, and 21.39% below its SMA200. The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 40.34%.

10. Genomic Health Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX): Medical Laboratories & Research Industry. Market cap of $710.12M. The stock has gained 66.76%. Net insider shares purchased over the last six months at 554.75K, which is 2.07% of the company's 26.75M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.45% (equivalent to 19.74 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.17% over the last week.

*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.