Significant Insider Buying Registered in Holdings of FRI

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund (FRI) shows an impressive 21.4% of holdings on a weighted basis have experienced insider buying within the past six months.

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Whitestone REIT ( WSR), which makes up 0.06% of the First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund (FRI), has seen 3 directors and officers purchase shares in the past six months, according to the recent Form 4 data. The ETF holds a total of $85,911 worth of WSR, making it the #129 largest holding. The table below details the recent insider buying activity observed at WSR:

WSR — last trade: $14.07 — Recent Insider Buys:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
08/21/2013 David K. Holeman CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER 923 $14.97 $13,817.31
10/08/2013 John J. Dee COO & SECRETARY 500 $13.54 $6,770.00
11/08/2013 James C. Mastandrea Chairman & CEO 1,000 $13.44 $13,440.00
12/09/2013 James C. Mastandrea CHAIRMAN & CEO 2,800 $13.32 $37,296.00

And AmREIT, Inc ( AMRE), the #130 largest holding among components of the First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund (FRI), shows 3 directors and officers as recently filing Form 4's indicating purchases. The ETF holds $83,750 worth of AMRE, which represents approximately 0.06% of the ETF's total assets at last check. The recent insider buying activity observed at AMRE is detailed in the table below:

AMRE — last trade: $16.66 — Recent Insider Buys:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
08/28/2013 Chad C. Braun COO, CFO, SECRETARY, TREASURER 2,000 $16.89 $33,780.00
08/30/2013 Brent M. Longnecker Director 1,000 $16.93 $16,930.00
10/07/2013 Brent M. Longnecker Director 1,000 $16.75 $16,750.00
11/21/2013 Brent M. Longnecker Director 1,200 $16.98 $20,379.75
12/05/2013 Philip Taggart Director 1,000 $16.80 $16,800.00
12/30/2013 Brent M. Longnecker Director 2,000 $16.82 $33,636.00
01/02/2014 Brent M. Longnecker Director 1,000 $16.79 $16,790.00

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