Top Buys by Top Brass: CEO Wagner's $152.4K Bet on NWBI

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 $152.4K by William J. Wagner, CEO at Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NWBI).

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Wagner bets big on NWBI:
Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
05/01/2014 William J. Wagner President & CEO 11,462 $13.30 $152,395.45

Wagner's average cost works out to $13.30/share. In trading on Monday, bargain hunters could buy shares of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. ( NWBI) and achieve a cost basis lower than Wagner, with shares changing hands as low as $13.10 per share. Shares of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. were changing hands at $13.17 at last check, trading off about 0.8% on Monday. The chart below shows the one year performance of NWBI shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Northwest Bancshares, Inc.  Chart

Looking at the chart above, NWBI's low point in its 52 week range is $11.98 per share, with $15.11 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $13.17.

The current annualized dividend paid by Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is $0.52/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 04/29/2014. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for NWBI, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.9% annualized yield is likely to continue.

NWBI+Dividend+History+Chart

NWBI makes up 1.31% of the SPDR S&P Mortgage Finance ETF ( KME)

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