Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. 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: Ashland (ASH) - FREE Research Report Panichella John E who is Senior Vice President at Ashland sold 19,945 shares at $94.27 on Feb. 26, 2014. Following this transaction, the Senior Vice President owned 5 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 99.97% with the 19,945-share transaction. The shares most recently traded at $95.19, up $0.92, or 0.97% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ashland go as follows:
4-Week # shares sold: 4,983
12-Week # shares sold: 53,015
24-Week # shares sold: 54,610
The average volume for Ashland has been 696,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ashland has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Ashland Inc. operates as a specialty chemicals company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials, and Ashland Consumer Markets. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.45%. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ashland a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold. Exclusive Offer: Get the latest Stock Analysis on ASH - FREETheStreet Quant Ratings rates Ashland as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ashland Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.