Insider Trading Alert - BAS, AZPN And ACI Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Feb. 26, 2014, 172 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $41.00 to $204,930,000.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Basic Energy Services (BAS) - FREE Research Report

Huseman Kenneth V who is Director at Basic Energy Services sold 50,000 shares at $23.38 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 718,140 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 6.51% with the 50,000-share transaction.

Dame William Timothy who is VP Pumping and Wireline at Basic Energy Services sold 7,000 shares at $23.01 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the VP Pumping and Wireline owned 83,266 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 7.75% with the 7,000-share transaction.

Poldrack Lanny Trampas who is VP, Safety and Operations at Basic Energy Services sold 2,285 shares at $23.43 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the VP, Safety and Operations owned 34,740 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 6.17% with the 2,285-share transaction.

Taylor Brett J. who is VP, Manufacturing & Equipment at Basic Energy Services sold 2,251 shares at $22.76 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the VP, Manufacturing & Equipment owned 42,423 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 5.04% with the 2,251-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $23.23, up $0.47, or 2.02% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Basic Energy Services go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 49,440
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 53,440
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 15,800
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 90,616

The average volume for Basic Energy Services has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Basic Energy Services has a market cap of $974.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 46.39% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Basic Energy Services, Inc. provides various well site services to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies in the United States. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Basic Energy Services a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Basic Energy Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Basic Energy Services Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Aspen Technology (AZPN) - FREE Research Report

Mcardle Joan C who is Director at Aspen Technology sold 30,000 shares at $46.99 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 30,000 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 50% with the 30,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $47.02, up $0.03, or 0.06% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Aspen Technology go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 49,256
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 49,256
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 81,273

The average volume for Aspen Technology has been 488,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Aspen Technology has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 12.44% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Aspen Technology, Inc. provides process optimization software solutions to manage and optimize plant and process design, operational performance, and supply chain planning internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.4. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Aspen Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Aspen Technology 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Aspen Technology Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Arch Coal (ACI) - FREE Research Report

Lorson John W who is VP & Chief Acctg Officer at Arch Coal sold 600 shares at $4.09 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the VP & Chief Acctg Officer owned 0 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 100% with the 600-share transaction.

Jones Robert G who is Sr. VP-Law, Gen Counsel & Secy at Arch Coal sold 2,178 shares at $4.09 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the Sr. VP-Law, Gen Counsel & Secy owned 15,759 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 12.14% with the 2,178-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $4.21, up $0.12, or 2.85% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Arch Coal go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 2,867
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 20,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 14,794
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 20,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 14,794

The average volume for Arch Coal has been 9.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Arch Coal has a market cap of $878.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 6.74% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

Arch Coal, Inc. engages in the production and sale of steam and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines located in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.24%. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Arch Coal a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Arch Coal as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Arch Coal Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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