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Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, 101 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $203.52 to $13,546,000.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Ryland Group (RYL) - FREE Research Report

Geckle Timothy J, who is Senior Vice President at Ryland Group, sold 8,633 shares at $38.10 on Nov. 14, 2014. Following this transaction, the Senior Vice President owned 118,887 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 6.77% with the 8,633-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $37.31, down $0.79, or 2.12% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ryland Group go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 11,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 11,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 11,000

The average volume for Ryland Group has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ryland Group has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are down 14.08% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

The Ryland Group, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and a mortgage-finance company in the United States. It is engaged in building single-family detached homes; and attached homes, such as townhomes, condominiums, and mid-rise buildings, as well as in the sale of land and lots. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.32%. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2. Currently, there are 5 analysts who rate Ryland Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Ryland Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and deteriorating net income. Get the full Ryland Group Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Assurant (AIZ) - FREE Research Report

Roberts John S, who is Evp at Assurant, sold 10,000 shares at $68.27 on Nov. 14, 2014. Following this transaction, the Evp owned 22,817 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 30.47% with the 10,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $67.69, down $0.58, or 0.86% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Assurant go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,700
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 11,664
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,700
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 12,914
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,700
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 45,790

The average volume for Assurant has been 468,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Assurant has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 1.84% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Assurant, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides specialized insurance products and related services in North America, Latin America, Europe, and internationally. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.59%. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4. Currently, there are no analysts who rate Assurant a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Assurant as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Assurant Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Walter Energy (WLT) - FREE Research Report

Leonard Joseph B, who is Director at Walter Energy, sold 18,100 shares at $2.85 on Nov. 14, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 11,396 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 61.36% with the 18,100-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $2.93, up $0.08, or 2.73% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Walter Energy go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 10,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 10,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 10,000

The average volume for Walter Energy has been 6.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Walter Energy has a market cap of $194.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 82.32% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Walter Energy, Inc. produces and exports metallurgical coal for the steel industry. The company operates through U.S. Operations, and Canadian and U.K. Operations segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates Walter Energy a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Walter Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Walter Energy Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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