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5 Stocks Insiders Are Snapping Up


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Another name that insiders are loading up on in a big way here is GeoEye (GEOY), a commercial provider of earth imagery and a provider of image-processing services and geospatial information services to the U.S. and foreign government defense and intelligence organizations, domestic federal and foreign civil agencies and commercial customers. Insiders are finding some deep value here since the stock has dropped 47% in 2011.

GeoEye has a market cap of $498.52 million and an enterprise value of $784.72 million. This stock trades at an extremely cheap valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 10.45 and a forward price-to-earnings of just 9.99. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 1.5%, and for next year it's pegged at 11.4%. This is not a cash-rich company; it has a total cash position on its balance sheet of $218.55 million and total debt of $510.27 million.

A beneficial owner just bought 152,900 shares, or about $3.3 million worth of stock, at $21.91 per share. This same beneficial owner also recently bought 432,500 shares, or about $9.2 million worth of stock, at $20.96 to $21.55 per share.

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From a technical standpoint, GEOY is currently trading below both its 50-day moving and 200-day moving averages, which is bearish. This stock recently formed a perfect double bottom at $17.98 to $18.04 a share, and the subsequently ran up to its recent high of $25.05 a share. Since hitting that high, the stock has now pulled back to its current price of around $22.30.

If you like GEOY from the long side, then I would look to buy off any weakness and simply use a mental that that's just a few percentage points below near-term support at $21.72 a share. If that support level holds, then I would add to any long positions once GEOY takes out $25.05 and $25.52 (its 50-day) with volume. Look for volume that's tracking in close to or above its three-month average action of 318,853 shares.

I also featured GeoEye recently in " 5 Stocks Setting Up to Break Out."

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