Insider Trading Alert - MATW, PACW And ALJ Traded By Insiders

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Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 74 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $900.00 to $13,450,865.30.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Matthews International Corporation (MATW) - FREE Research Report

Dunn Brian J, who is Group President, Brand Solutio at Matthews International Corporation, sold 12,234 shares at $45.92 on Aug. 22, 2014. Following this transaction, the Group President, Brand Solutio owned 61,219 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 16.66% with the 12,234-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $46.42, up $0.50, or 1.08% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Matthews International Corporation go as follows:

  • 24-Week # shares sold: 3,200

The average volume for Matthews International Corporation has been 203,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Matthews International Corporation has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 8.66% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Matthews International Corporation operates as a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of memorialization products and solutions for the cemetery and funeral home industries in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.95%. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates Matthews International Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Matthews International Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Matthews International Corporation Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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PacWest Bancorp (PACW) - FREE Research Report

Christian Mark A, who is EVP, Operations/Systems Mgr at PacWest Bancorp, sold 23,304 shares at $40.89 on Aug. 22, 2014. Following this transaction, the EVP, Operations/Systems Mgr owned 28,125 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 45.31% with the 23,304-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $42.08, up $1.19, or 2.83% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for PacWest Bancorp go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 8,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 25,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 8,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 25,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 8,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 60,000

The average volume for PacWest Bancorp has been 834,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. PacWest Bancorp has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

PacWest Bancorp operates as the holding company for Pacific Western Bank that provides commercial banking products and services to individuals, professionals, and small to mid-sized businesses in the United States. It accepts demand, money market, and time deposits. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.4%. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.9. Currently, there are 6 analysts who rate PacWest Bancorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates PacWest Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PacWest Bancorp Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Alon USA Energy (ALJ) - FREE Research Report

Alon Israel Oil Company, Ltd., who is 10% Owner at Alon USA Energy, sold 150,000 shares at $16.36 on Aug. 22, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 37.9 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 0.39% with the 150,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $16.39, up $0.03, or 0.18% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Alon USA Energy go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 25,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 4,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 175,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 4,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 400,000

The average volume for Alon USA Energy has been 724,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alon USA Energy has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 1.57% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Alon USA Energy, Inc. operates as an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products primarily in the South Central, Southwestern, and the Western regions of the United States. The company operates in three segments: Refining and Marketing, Asphalt, and Retail. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.45%. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates Alon USA Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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