Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. 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. Exclusive Offer: Get the latest Stock Analysis on ASH - FREETheStreet 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. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.