Are Insiders Selling Waterstone Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBF) Stock?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Waterstone Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBF).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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Waterstone Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Eric Egenhoefer, sold US$249k worth of shares at a price of US$16.30 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$16.15. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

We note that in the last year insiders divested 43904 shares for a total of US$741k. Waterstone Financial insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:WSBF Recent Insider Trading, April 20th 2019

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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 5.5% of Waterstone Financial shares, worth about US$23m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Waterstone Financial Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Waterstone Financial shares in the last quarter. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Waterstone Financial insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Waterstone Financial.

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