Top Buys by Top Brass: COO Hough's $202.6K Bet on HTS

A company's own top management tend to have the best inside view into the business, so when company officers make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason an insider would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by the ''top brass'' over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $202.6K by Benjamin M. Hough, COO at Hatteras Financial Corp ( HTS).

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Hough bets big on HTS:
Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
11/13/2013 Benjamin M. Hough President and COO 12,000 $16.88 $202,600.80

Hough's average cost works out to $16.88/share. Shares of Hatteras Financial Corp were changing hands at $17.94 at last check, trading up about 1% on Friday. The chart below shows the one year performance of HTS shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Hatteras Financial Corp Chart

Looking at the chart above, HTS's low point in its 52 week range is $16.17 per share, with $28.28 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $17.94.

The current annualized dividend paid by Hatteras Financial Corp is $2.00/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 12/27/2013. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for HTS, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 11.3% annualized yield is likely to continue.

HTS+Dividend+History+Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, HTS makes up 4.01% of the Mortgage REIT Income ETF ( MORT) which is trading higher by about 0.6% on the day Friday.

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