Insider Trading Alert - ASH, CHS, XRX And VRSN Traded By Insiders

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Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 29 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $289.42 to $3,920,508.10.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Ashland (ASH) - FREE Research Report

Obrien James J /Ky who is Chief Executive Officer at Ashland sold 40,543 shares at $96.70 on Jan. 3, 2014. Following this transaction, the Chief Executive Officer owned 30,330 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 57.21% with the 40,543-share transaction.

Ganz Peter who is Senior Vice President at Ashland sold 2,641 shares at $96.55 on Jan. 3, 2014. Following this transaction, the Senior Vice President owned 0 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 100% with the 2,641-share transaction.

Panichella John E who is Senior Vice President at Ashland sold 1,175 shares at $96.55 on Jan. 3, 2014. Following this transaction, the Senior Vice President owned 19,950 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 5.56% with the 1,175-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $97.16, up $0.61, or 0.63% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ashland go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1,012
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 2,348
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 95,589

The average volume for Ashland has been 635,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ashland has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 0.04% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Ashland Inc. operates as a specialty chemicals company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials, and Ashland Consumer Markets. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ashland a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Ashland as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Ashland Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Chico's FAS (CHS) - FREE Research Report

Dyer David who is President and CEO at Chico's FAS sold 30,000 shares at $19.46 on Jan. 3, 2014. Following this transaction, the President and CEO owned 856,772 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 3.38% with the 30,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $19.32, down $0.14, or 0.75% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Chico's FAS go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 49,100
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 57,100
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 79,303

The average volume for Chico's FAS has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Chico's FAS has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 2.65% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Chico's FAS, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.55%. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Chico's FAS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Chico's FAS as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Chico's FAS Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Xerox Corporation (XRX) - FREE Research Report

Firestone James A who is Executive Vice President at Xerox Corporation sold 246,501 shares at $11.93 on Jan. 3, 2014. Following this transaction, the Executive Vice President owned 315,406 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 43.87% with the 246,501-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $12.06, up $0.13, or 1.1% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Xerox Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 20,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 20,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 307,200

The average volume for Xerox Corporation has been 10.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Xerox Corporation has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 1.48% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Xerox Corporation provides business process and document management services worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.93%. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Xerox Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Xerox Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Xerox Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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VeriSign (VRSN) - FREE Research Report

Roach John D who is Director at VeriSign sold 333 shares at $59.74 on Jan. 3, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 13,012 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 2.5% with the 333-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $59.50, down $0.24, or 0.4% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for VeriSign go as follows:

  • 24-Week # shares sold: 8,581

The average volume for VeriSign has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. VeriSign has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

VeriSign, Inc. provides Internet infrastructure services to various networks worldwide. It offers registry services that operate the authoritative directory of .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names, as well as the back-end systems for various for all .gov, .jobs, and .edu domain names. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.9. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate VeriSign a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates VeriSign 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, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full VeriSign Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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