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 Star Gas Partners L.P. (SGU), which saw buying by COO and Executive VP Steven Jay Goldman.
Back on August 19, Goldman invested $36,005.00 into 7,500 shares of SGU, for a cost per share of $4.80. In trading on Monday, shares were changing hands as low as $5.62 per share, which is 17.1% above Goldman's purchase price. It should be noted that Goldman has collected $0.08/share in dividends since the time of their purchase, so they are currently up 18.7% on their purchase from a total return basis. Star Gas Partners L.P. shares are currently trading +1.07% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of SGU shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, SGU's low point in its 52 week range is $4.32 per share, with $5.94 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $5.69. By comparison, below is a table showing the prices at which insider buying was recorded over the last six months: