Top Buys by Top Brass: CEO Stice's $301K Bet on ACMP

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 $301K by J. Michael Stice, CEO at Access Midstream Partners LP ( ACMP).

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Stice bets big on ACMP:
Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
12/11/2013 J. Michael Stice CEO 5,900 $51.02 $301,023.90

Stice's average cost works out to $51.02/share. Shares of Access Midstream Partners LP were changing hands at $56.81 at last check, trading down about 0.2% on Thursday. The chart below shows the one year performance of ACMP shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Access Midstream Partners LP Chart

Looking at the chart above, ACMP's low point in its 52 week range is $35.90 per share, with $59.19 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $56.81.

The current annualized dividend paid by Access Midstream Partners LP is $2.22/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 02/05/2014. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for ACMP, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.9% annualized yield is likely to continue.

ACMP+Dividend+History+Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, ACMP makes up 5.31% of the MLP ETF ( MLPA) which is trading lower by about 0.1% on the day Thursday.

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