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New 52-Week Low Could Prompt More Insider Buying At AVP

In trading on Thursday, shares of Avon Products, Inc. (AVP) touched a new 52-week low of $12.99/share. That's a $11.72 share price drop, or -47.43% decline from the 52-week high of $24.71 set back on 08/01/2013. Large percentage drops always require that the stock post even larger percentage gains from the low in order to recover the old price point, and for AVP that means the stock would have to gain 90.22% to get back to the 52-week high. For a move like that, Avon Products, Inc. would need fundamental strength at the business level.

Here's a rhetorical question: Who knows more about fundamentals at the business level than the company's own insiders? So let's take a look to see whether any company insiders were taking the other side of the trade as AVP shares were being sold down to this new 52-week low, focusing on the most recent trailing six month period. As summarized by the table below, AVP has seen 8 different instances of insiders buying over the past six months.

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Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
05/05/2014 John Higson Senior Vice President 3,035 $13.50 $40,972.50
05/07/2014 Douglas R. Conant Director 37,464 $13.34 $499,769.76
05/08/2014 Paula Stern Director 100 $13.35 $1,335.00
05/08/2014 Sara Mathew Director 7,500 $13.33 $99,975.00
05/07/2014 Maria Elena Lagomasino Director 7,473 $13.36 $99,839.28
05/08/2014 W. Don Cornwell Director 2,120 $13.37 $28,334.00
05/06/2014 Pablo Munoz Senior Vice President 6,664 $13.42 $89,430.88
05/09/2014 Sara Mathew Director 7,500 $13.40 $100,485.00
05/13/2014 Brian Salsberg Senior Vice President 1,000 $13.60 $13,600.00

In the short run, while the new 52-week low suggests the stock is at the cheapest price and perhaps therefore the best bargain it has been over the last 52 weeks, the low print also means anyone who has purchased the stock over that timeframe is staring at an unrealized loss. Oftentimes, that factor drives a stock's technical analysis metrics by creating overhead resistance, with investors who bought higher now anxious to reverse their trade once they are back to breakeven. The chart below shows where AVP has traded over the past year, with the 50-day and 200-day moving averages included.

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