In this series, we look through the most recent Dividend Channel ''DividendRank'' report, and then we cherry pick only those companies that have experienced insider buying within the past six months. The officers and directors of a company tend to have a unique insider's view of the business, and presumably the only reason an insider would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So when stocks turn up that see insider buying, and are also top ranked, investors are wise to take notice. One such company is First Citizens Banc Corp. (FCZA), which saw buying by Director Allen R. Nickles.
Back on January 14, Nickles invested $39,145.00 into 5,700 shares of FCZA, for a cost per share of $6.87. In trading on Tuesday, shares were changing hands as low as $7.18 per share, which is 4.6% above Nickles's purchase price. It should be noted that Nickles has collected $0.04/share in dividends since the time of their purchase, so they are currently up 5.1% on their purchase from a total return basis. First Citizens Banc Corp. shares are currently trading +0.69% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of FCZA shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, FCZA's low point in its 52 week range is $5.47 per share, with $7.71 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $7.30. By comparison, below is a table showing the prices at which insider buying was recorded over the last six months: