NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Insider trading is most profitable when several insiders buy around the same time. Academic studies have shown that insider purchases beat index funds by more than 7 % per year when there are several insiders purchasing.
Last week we published the
list of companies with at least 3 insiders buying
. Here is how those 7 stocks performed:
Bank of America
was up by 8.3% vs. 1.0% for
SPDR S&P 500
during the past week. The insider who paid $11.3 for BAC shares had a 12% return. We were right when we stated that this is a good point to monkey BAC insiders.
returned 4% during the past week, better than SPY's 1% return. However, it's a very illiquid stock, so monkeying wouldn't have yielded much in actual dollars.
went up by 4.2%
beating the market
by more than 3 percentage points in one week.
jumped 38.6% for a phenomenal return. However, the stock had a daily trading volume of only 30,000. Naturally, it isn't really possible to build a meaningful position in this stock (unless one has a very small portfolio).
went down by 0.5% during the past week. However, the
last insider transaction
had a 10-day return of 5.9%. The stock jumped by more than 6% in three days following the insider purchase and then leveled off.
rose 6.1% during the past week, beating the market averages. Last week we inferred that these insider purchases in banking stocks imply that the banking sector is undervalued in general. During the same time period
KBW Bank ETF
also went up by 5.9% supporting our claim.
: Buckeye went up by 3.4% during the past week. This one also managed to beat the market averages.
beat passive investing by 6-1 during last week.
Excluding Versar (returned 4%) and Harris (returned 38.6%), the average return for this portfolio was 4.3% during the past week. Of course, this is just a very small sample and does not prove or disprove the credibility of monkeying insider purchases.
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, will share very recent academic studies with you, so that you can do your own research. We will keep providing weekly updates on stocks insiders buy like crazy, although it might be better to follow them in real-time if one is monkeying insider transactions.