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 $420K by Thomas Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer at Genuine Parts Co. ( GPC).Gallagher bets big on GPC:
|08/13/2014||Thomas Gallagher||Chief Executive Officer||5,000||$84.00||$420,000.00|
Looking at the chart above, GPC's low point in its 52 week range is $76.26 per share, with $90.00 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $85.58. The current annualized dividend paid by Genuine Parts Co. is $2.30/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 06/04/2014. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for GPC, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 2.7% annualized yield is likely to continue. According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, GPC makes up 1.82% of the Proshares S&P 500 Aristocrats ETF ( NOBL) which is trading higher by about 0.2% on the day Thursday.