WINDERMERE, Fla. (Stockpickr) -- Corporate insiders sell their own companies' stock for a number of reasons.They might need the cash for a big personal purchase such as a new house or yacht, or they might need the cash to fund a charity. Sometimes they sell as part of a planned selling program that they have put in place for diversification purposes, which allows them to sell stock in stages instead of selling all at one price. Other times they sell because they think their stock is overvalued and the risk/reward is no longer attractive. Some even dump their own stock because they have inside knowledge that a competitor is eating their lunch and stealing market share. But insiders usually buy their own shares for one reason: They think the stock is a bargain and has tremendous upside. The key word in that last statement is "think." Just because a corporate insider thinks his or her stock is going to trade higher, that doesn't mean it will play out that way. Insiders can have all the conviction in the world that their stock is a buy, but if the market doesn't agree with them, the stock could end up going nowhere. Also, I say "usually" because sometimes insiders are loaned money by the company to buy their own stock. Those loans are often sweetheart deals and shouldn't be viewed as organic insider buying. At the end of the day, it's large institutional money managers running big mutual funds and hedge funds that drive stock prices, not insiders. That said, many of these savvy stock operators will follow insider buying activity when they agree with the insider that the stock is undervalued and has upside potential. This is why it's so important to always be monitoring insider activity, but it's twice as important to make sure the trend of the stock coincides with the insider buying. Recently, a number of companies' corporate insiders have bought large amounts of stock. These insiders are finding some value in the market, which warrants a closer look at these stocks. Here's a look at some stocks where
Green DotOne financial player that insiders are active in here is Green Dot ( GDOT). This company provides money management solutions in the U.S. It offers general purpose reloadable prepaid debit cards, and cash loading and transfer services. Insiders are buying this stock into some extreme weakness, since shares are down more than 60% so far in 2012. Green Dot has a market cap of $417 million and an enterprise value of $235 million. This stock trades at a cheap valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 9.14 and a forward price-to-earnings of 8.20. Its estimated growth rate for the next quarter is negative 11.4%, and for next year it's pegged at a positive 15.4%. This is a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $237.03 million and its total debt is $49.12 million. The CEO and chairman of the board just bought 89,000 shares, or about $995,453 million worth of stock, at $11.05 per share. From a technical perspective, GDOT is currently trending above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock has been uptrending modestly for the last month and change, with shares rising from a low of $9.54 to its recent high of $11.93 a share. During that uptrend, shares have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed GDOT within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. If you're bullish on GDOT, then I would look for long-biased trades once this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $11.93 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above $11.93 with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 686,456 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then look for GDOT to re-fill its previous gap down zone from October that started near $13 a share. Any high-volume move above $13.19 to $13.59 would then give GDOT a chance to fill an even bigger gap down zone from July that started near $23 a share. Hain Celestial Group Another name in the food processing complex that insiders are jumping into here is Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN). This company, and its subsidiaries manufacture, market, distribute and sell natural and organic products. Insiders are buying this stock into some extreme strength, since shares are up a whopping 65% so far in 2012.