Amin Maredia, formerly the CEO of Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), was a valuable member of the natural grocer’s management team over the last few years. How valuable? Well, his services are apparently worth $600 million. Because that’s how much market value SFM stock lost on Friday after Maredia suddenly resigned.
Cigna Insider Buying is a rarity. Only one corporate insider had bought shares of the giant health insurer on the open market since 2003. That changed dramatically on Monday, as Cigna (CI) CEO David Cordani disclosed the purchase of 32,509 shares of his company's stock at $155.17....
In June of 2008, Aubrey McClendon, the Chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) was riding high:  He was a superstar of the Oil and Gas world, a financial wizard who had started Chesapeake with a $50,000 stake in 1989, and grown the company into a behemoth with a market cap over $30 billion, the nation’s 2nd largest producer of natural gas after ExxonMobil.
Continuing the series on the greatest insider trades: On October 15, 2018, Citigroup (NYSE:C) reported Q3 2018 EPS of $1.73 on revenues of $18.39B, generally in line with expectations. Trading near $70, Citi has a market cap of $175 billion, and is one of the premiere U.S. financial institutions.
When Steve Kelley was named CEO of Amkor Technology (AMKR) in May of 2013, AMKR was around $4.50. As an incentive, the company granted him 750,000 shares in stock and options at the equivalent of $4.50. After the grant fully vested, SEC filings indicate the CEO sold most all of the granted stock and options between Nov. of 2016 and June of 2017 at an average price of $11.38 for total proceeds of $8.9 million. AMKR closed Wednesday at $6.53. So, since his employment began with Amkor, Kelley did not buy any AMKR on the open market. His only actions were disposing of shares granted to him as compensation. His timing was good.
A three day (dead cat?) bounce propelled the S&P 500 over 13% higher last week, rescuing stocks, at least temporarily, from the worst stretch of performance since the dark days of 1929. During the Coronavirus crash over the last several weeks, stocks were liquidated indiscriminately, as investors...
Last week, Abdiel Capital added to its its Appian and Fastly stakes -- core positions for the top-performing fund. Managing partners Colin Moran and Geoffrey Gentile of New York-based Abdiel Capital Advisors aren't big on diversification. The managers prefer to focus on a...
There is an old saying -- in reality a curse -- supposedly of Chinese origin: May you live in interesting times. Well the last three weeks have been extraordinarily interesting. Amidst the backdrop of an expanding global pandemic, and an oil price war, the S&P 500 yesterday...
Shareholders of Basic Energy Services (BAS) recently saw that stock’s price cut by a third over two days. However, three company insiders viewed the drop as a buying opportunity, significantly increasing personal holdings via open market purchases.
The emerging Coronavirus pandemic has blindsided a bubbly stock market with sudden, unprecedented uncertainty. But uncertainty breeds opportunity. As volatility rocks the markets, watch for high conviction buying by corporate insiders to signal value in individual stocks. As I wrote Monday, aggregate insider...