Insider Trading Alert - PRAA, SM And IPGP Traded By Insiders

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 123 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $98.40 to $9,872,759.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Portfolio Recovery Associates (PRAA) - FREE Research Report

Fredrickson Steven D who is President, CEO, Chairman at Portfolio Recovery Associates sold 4,100 shares at $56.63 on Feb. 21, 2014. Following this transaction, the President, CEO, Chairman owned 219,069 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.84% with the 4,100-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $57.18, up $0.55, or 0.96% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Portfolio Recovery Associates go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 10,900
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 10,900
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 39,936

The average volume for Portfolio Recovery Associates has been 569,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Portfolio Recovery Associates has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 12.41% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., a financial and business service company, engages in the purchase, collection, and management of portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Portfolio Recovery Associates a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Portfolio Recovery Associates as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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 Portfolio Recovery Associates Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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SM Energy (SM) - FREE Research Report

Ottoson Javan D who is President & COO at SM Energy bought 1,000 shares at $71.94 on Feb. 21, 2014. Following this transaction, the President & COO owned 94,362 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.07% with the 1,000-share transaction.

Copeland David W who is Exec. VP and General Counsel at SM Energy bought 3,500 shares at $72.13 on Feb. 21, 2014. Following this transaction, the Exec. VP and General Counsel owned 46,069 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 8.22% with the 3,500-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $74.80, up $2.67, or 3.57% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for SM Energy go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 781
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 8,687
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 53,180

The average volume for SM Energy has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. SM Energy has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

SM Energy Company, an independent energy company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in North America. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.14%. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate SM Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates SM Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full SM Energy Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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IPG Photonics Corporation (IPGP) - FREE Research Report

Ip Fibre Devices Ltd who is 10% Owner at IPG Photonics Corporation sold 29,333 shares at $68.42 on Feb. 21, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 7.3 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 0.4% with the 29,333-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $66.90, down $1.52, or 2.27% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for IPG Photonics Corporation go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 20,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 35,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 55,500

The average volume for IPG Photonics Corporation has been 417,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. IPG Photonics Corporation has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 11.76% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

IPG Photonics Corporation develops and manufactures fiber lasers, fiber amplifiers, and diode lasers that are used in various applications, primarily in materials processing. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate IPG Photonics Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates IPG Photonics Corporation 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, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full IPG Photonics Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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