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5 Stocks Feeling the Insider Love

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Tellabs

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Another name that insiders are scooping up here is Tellabs (TLAB), which is engaged in designing and marketing equipment and services to communications services providers. This stock is down a bit so far in 2012 with shares off by around 4.4%.

Tellabs has a market cap of $1.42 billion and an enterprise value of $450 million. This stock trades at a premium valuation, with a forward price-to-earnings of 48.31. Its estimated growth rate for the current quarter is 100%, and for this year it's pegged at 100%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $1.16 billion and its total debt is $223.30 million. After you back out the debt, Tellabs has around $937 million of total cash on its balance sheet.

The CFO and vice president just bought 200,000 shares, or $745,000 worth of stock, at $3.72 to $3.73 per share.

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From a technical perspective, TLAB is currently trading right below its 50-day moving average and below its 200-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock has been trending down since its January high of $4.38 to its recent low of $3.63 a share. Since hitting that low, TLAB has found some buying interest since the stock has spiked back up close to its 50-day moving average of $3.89 a share.

If you're bullish on TLAB, then I would look for long-biased trades once it sustains a high-volume move or close back above its 50-day moving average of $3.89 a share. Look for volume on that move that's near or well above its three-month average volume of 2,536,648 shares. If we get that action soon, then I would add to any long positions in TLAB once it takes out its 200-day moving average of $4.02 a share with high-volume.

I would simply avoid any long trades in TLAB if it fails to trigger that high-volume move back above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, and then drops below some major support zones at $3.63 to $3.62 a share with heavy volume. A high-volume move below those support zones would not be a good technical sign for this stock since it's held those levels since mid-2011.

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