In trading on Monday, shares of Albemarle Corp. ( ALB) touched a new 52-week low of $59.85/share. That's a $16.43 share price drop, or -21.54% decline from the 52-week high of $76.28 set back on 07/15/2014. Large percentage drops always require that the stock post even larger percentage gains from the low in order to recover the old price point, and for ALB that means the stock would have to gain 27.45% to get back to the 52-week high. For a move like that, Albemarle Corp. would need fundamental strength at the business level.Here's a rhetorical question: Who knows more about fundamentals at the business level than the company's own insiders? So let's take a look to see whether any company insiders were taking the other side of the trade as ALB shares were being sold down to this new 52-week low, focusing on the most recent trailing six month period. As summarized by the table below, ALB has seen 2 different instances of insiders buying over the past six months.
|08/01/2014||D. Michael Wilson||Sr VP,Pres, Catalyst Solutions||5,000||$61.29||$306,450.00|
|09/12/2014||Gerald A. Steiner||Director||1,000||$64.20||$64,205.00|
Time will tell whether the insider purchases foretell a future rebound for ALB shares, which are presently showing a last trade of $60.44/share, slightly above the new 52-week low.