Insider Trading Alert - MEMP, SM And VSI Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Nov. 17, 2014, 106 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $573.98 to $39,999,000.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Memorial Production Partners (MEMP) - FREE Research Report

Stillwell Robert L. Jr., who is VP, Finance at Memorial Production Partners, bought 3,120 shares at $16.12 on Nov. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the VP, Finance owned 22,871 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 15.8% with the 3,120-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $16.22, up $0.10, or 0.62% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Memorial Production Partners go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 78,500
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 7.1 million
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 78,500
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 7.1 million
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 99,444
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 7.1 million

The average volume for Memorial Production Partners has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Memorial Production Partners has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 26.53% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Memorial Production Partners LP, through its subsidiary, is engaged in the acquisition, development, exploitation, and production of oil and natural gas properties. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 13.44%. Currently, there are 8 analysts who rate Memorial Production Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Memorial Production Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Memorial Production Partners Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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SM Energy (SM) - FREE Research Report

Peru Ramiro G, who is Director at SM Energy, bought 5,000 shares at $51.41 on Nov. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 6,752 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 285.39% with the 5,000-share transaction.

Copeland David W, who is EVP, GC & Corp. Sec. at SM Energy, bought 5,000 shares at $51.54 on Nov. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the EVP, GC & Corp. Sec. owned 54,561 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 10.09% with the 5,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $50.62, down $0.92, or 1.81% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for SM Energy go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 2,020
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 2,020
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 3,953

The average volume for SM Energy has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. SM Energy has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 39.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

SM Energy Company, an independent energy company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in North America. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.19%. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4. Currently, there are 9 analysts who rate SM Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates SM Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full SM Energy Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) - FREE Research Report

Galgano Brenda, who is Evp & Cfo at Vitamin Shoppe, sold 5,000 shares at $48.77 on Nov. 17, 2014. Following this transaction, the Evp & Cfo owned 34,539 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 12.65% with the 5,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $46.46, down $2.31, or 4.97% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Vitamin Shoppe go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 5,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 2,365
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 5,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 3,500
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 5,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 6,036

The average volume for Vitamin Shoppe has been 697,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vitamin Shoppe has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. Shares are down 10.19% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products in the United States. It operates through two segments, Retail and Direct. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2. Currently, there are 5 analysts who rate Vitamin Shoppe a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Vitamin Shoppe as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Vitamin Shoppe Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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