Insider Trading Alert - KMT, CNSL And COLB Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Dec. 15, 2014, 114 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $538.00 to $2,081,081.25.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Kennametal (KMT) - FREE Research Report

Davis Cindy L, who is Director at Kennametal, bought 715 shares at $34.50 on Dec. 15, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 1,572 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 83.43% with the 715-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $33.64, down $0.86, or 2.56% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Kennametal go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 15,826
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 40,000
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 15,826
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 40,000
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 16,976
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 40,000

The average volume for Kennametal has been 699,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Kennametal has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 35.09% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Kennametal Inc. manufactures and supplies tooling, engineered components, and advanced materials consumed in production processes worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Industrial and Infrastructure. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.07%. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4. Currently, there are 4 analysts who rate Kennametal a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Kennametal as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Kennametal Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Consolidated Communications (CNSL) - FREE Research Report

Childers Steven L, who is Chief Financial Officer at Consolidated Communications, sold 5,000 shares at $26.63 on Dec. 15, 2014. Following this transaction, the Chief Financial Officer owned 81,073 shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 5.81% with the 5,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $25.71, down $0.92, or 3.58% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Consolidated Communications go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares sold: 8,500
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 8,500
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 8,500

The average volume for Consolidated Communications has been 371,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Consolidated Communications has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 31.02% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of communications services to residential and business clients in Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Kansas, and Missouri. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 5.8%. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.6. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates Consolidated Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Consolidated Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Consolidated Communications Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Columbia Banking System (COLB) - FREE Research Report

Eerkes Craig D, who is Director at Columbia Banking System, bought 500 shares at $27.44 on Dec. 15, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 2,631 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 23.46% with the 500-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $26.90, down $0.54, or 2.02% since the insider transaction.

The average volume for Columbia Banking System has been 220,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Columbia Banking System has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 1.16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Columbia Banking System, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Columbia State Bank that provides a range of banking products and services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.34%. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5. Currently, there are 4 analysts who rate Columbia Banking System a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Columbia Banking System as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Columbia Banking System Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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