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Yesterday, Dec. 23, 2014, 73 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $62.51 to $8,984,875.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Groupon (GRPN) - FREE Research Report

Stevens Brian, who is Chief Accounting Officer at Groupon, sold 9,406 shares at $7.95 on Dec. 23, 2014. Following this transaction, the Chief Accounting Officer owned 7,394 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 55.99% with the 9,406-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $8.03, up $0.08, or 1% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Groupon go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 30,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 23,756
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 30,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 23,756
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 46,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 33,162

The average volume for Groupon has been 16.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Groupon has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are down 32.43% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Groupon, Inc. operates online local commerce marketplaces that connect merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount worldwide. It also offers deals on products for which it acts as the merchant of record. Currently, there are 8 analysts who rate Groupon a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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rates Groupon as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full

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Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) - FREE Research Report

Bartlett Steve, who is Director at Ares Capital Corporation, bought 100 shares at $15.90 on Dec. 23, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 3,800 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 2.7% with the 100-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $15.79, down $0.11, or 0.7% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ares Capital Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 8,575
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 71,900
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 83,700

The average volume for Ares Capital Corporation has been 2.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ares Capital Corporation has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 11.28% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Ares Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in acquisition, recapitalization, mezzanine debt, restructurings, rescue financing, and leveraged buyout transactions of middle market companies. It also makes growth capital and general refinancing. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 9.55%. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3. Currently, there are 7 analysts who rate Ares Capital Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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rates Ares Capital Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full

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Cintas (CTAS) - FREE Research Report

Gale William C, who is Sr. VP & CFO at Cintas, sold 12,243 shares at $79.89 on Dec. 23, 2014. Following this transaction, the Sr. VP & CFO owned 118,053 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 9.4% with the 12,243-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $79.64, down $0.25, or 0.31% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Cintas go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 6,981
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 15,484
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 21,599

The average volume for Cintas has been 759,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cintas has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 33.65% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Cintas Corporation provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services primarily in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.07%. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6. Currently, there are 3 analysts who rate Cintas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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rates Cintas as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

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