Have Insiders Been Buying Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSEMKT:CMT) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSEMKT:CMT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Core Molding Technologies

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President David Duvall bought US$100k worth of shares at a price of US$7.46 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$5.96 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

Core Molding Technologies insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

AMEX:CMT Recent Insider Trading, September 20th 2019

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Core Molding Technologies Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Core Molding Technologies insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$71k worth of shares. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 9.5% of Core Molding Technologies shares, worth about US$4.7m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Core Molding Technologies Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Core Molding Technologies insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Core Molding Technologies is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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