Insider Trading Alert - METR, DO And EMCI Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Dec. 9, 2014, 83 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $291.00 to $10,017,696.00.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Metro Bancorp (METR) - FREE Research Report

Gelder Douglas S, who is Director at Metro Bancorp, sold 5,000 shares at $25.53 on Dec. 9, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 120,711 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 3.98% with the 5,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $25.94, up $0.41, or 1.6% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Metro Bancorp go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 100
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,100
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,100
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 5,000

The average volume for Metro Bancorp has been 29,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Metro Bancorp has a market cap of $364.4 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 19.08% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Metro Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Metro Bank, which provides retail and commercial banking services for consumers, and small and mid-sized companies in Pennsylvania. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2. Currently, there are no analysts who rate Metro Bancorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Metro Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Metro Bancorp Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) - FREE Research Report

Loews Corp, who is 10% Owner at Diamond Offshore Drilling, bought 289,205 shares at $29.70 on Dec. 9, 2014. Following this transaction, the 10% Owner owned 72.0 million shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 0.4% with the 289,205-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $32.76, up $3.06, or 9.36% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Diamond Offshore Drilling go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 410,395
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1.6 million
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1.6 million

The average volume for Diamond Offshore Drilling has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Diamond Offshore Drilling has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 46.73% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. provides contract drilling services to the energy industry world wide. The company provides drilling services in ultra-deepwater, deepwater, and mid-water; and non-floater or jack-up markets. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.67%. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8. Currently, there are no analysts who rate Diamond Offshore Drilling a buy, 6 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Diamond Offshore Drilling as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Diamond Offshore Drilling Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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EMC Insurance Group (EMCI) - FREE Research Report

Lovell Michael Alan, who is Senior Vice President at EMC Insurance Group, sold 600 shares at $31.00 on Dec. 9, 2014. Following this transaction, the Senior Vice President owned 1,750 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 25.53% with the 600-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $32.75, up $1.75, or 5.34% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for EMC Insurance Group go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 1,622
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 1,622
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 1,622

The average volume for EMC Insurance Group has been 16,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. EMC Insurance Group has a market cap of $416.0 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 0.29% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

EMC Insurance Group Inc., an insurance holding company, provides property and casualty insurance, and reinsurance products. It operates through two segments, Property and Casualty Insurance, and Reinsurance. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.26%. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates EMC Insurance Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates EMC Insurance Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full EMC Insurance Group Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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