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 Provident Financial Services Inc (PFS), which saw buying by Director Thomas W. Berry.
Back on February 7, Berry invested $16,620.00 into 1,000 shares of PFS, for a cost per share of $16.62. In trading on Wednesday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Provident Financial Services Inc (PFS) and achieve a cost basis 1.2% cheaper than Berry, with shares changing hands as low as $16.42 per share. It should be noted that Berry has collected $0.15/share in dividends since the time of their purchase, so they are currently down 0.3% on their purchase from a total return basis. Provident Financial Services Inc shares are currently trading +1.26% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of PFS shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, PFS's low point in its 52 week range is $14.85 per share, with $19.93 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $16.85. By comparison, below is a table showing the prices at which insider buying was recorded over the last six months: