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5 Stocks Insiders Are Scooping Up

Natural Resource Partners has a market cap of $2.4 billion and an enterprise value $3.24 billion. This stock trades at a reasonable valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 17.93 and a forward price-to-earnings of 12.62. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -9%, and for next year it's pegged at -1.1%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $122.42 million and its total debt is $939.27 million.

An officer just bought 756,914 shares, or around $14.99 million worth of stock, at $19.82 per share.

From a technical perspective, NRP is currently trending above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month, with shares soaring from its low of $17.30 to its recent high of $23.09 a share. During that uptrend, shares of NRP have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move now has shares of NRP trending within range of triggering a major breakout trade.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in NRP as long as it's trending above its 200-day moving average of $20.71, and then once it manages to break out above some key overhead resistance levels at $23.09 to $24.47 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 390,049 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NRP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $26.09 to $27.40 a share. Keep in mind that it might be best to buy NRP off weakness back towards its 200-day since the stock is a bit overbought at current levels.

Huntington Bancshares

One more name to consider with some decent insider buying is Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), a multi-state financial holding company that provides various financial services through its subsidiary, the Huntington National Bank. Insiders are buying this stock into modest strength, since shares are up by 9.7% in the last three months.

Huntington Bancshares has a market cap of $5.87 billion and an enterprise value of $7.34 billion. This stock trades at a cheap valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 9.80 and a forward price-to-earnings of 10.09. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -5.6%, and for next year it's pegged at 3%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $1.42 billion and its total debt is $2.95 billion.

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