Top Buys by Directors: Ryan's $226.2K Bet on BHLB

The directors of a company tend to have a unique inside view into the business, so when directors make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason a director of a company would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock 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 company directors over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $226.2K by William J. Ryan, Director at Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (BHLB).

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Ryan bets big on BHLB:
Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
07/28/2014 William J. Ryan Director 9,500 $23.81 $226,174.85

Ryan's average cost works out to $23.81/share. Shares of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. were changing hands at $24.16 at last check, trading up about 0.1% on Friday. The chart below shows the one year performance of BHLB shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. Chart

Looking at the chart above, BHLB's low point in its 52 week range is $22.06 per share, with $27.86 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $24.16.

The current annualized dividend paid by Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. is $0.72/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 08/05/2014. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for BHLB, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.0% annualized yield is likely to continue.

BHLB+Dividend+History+Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, BHLB makes up 3.07% of the WisdomTree Total Dividend Fund ETF ( DTD) which is trading higher by about 0.2% on the day Friday.

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