Insider Trading Alert - UVE, SN And LTS Traded By Insiders

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Yesterday, Dec. 16, 2014, 105 U.S. common stocks issued filings of shares being bought or sold by insiders. The transactions ranged in value from $63.36 to $15,595,781.10.

Highlighted Stocks Traded by Insiders:

Universal Insurance Holdings (UVE) - FREE Research Report

Downes Sean P, who is President and CEO at Universal Insurance Holdings, sold 20,000 shares at $19.24 on Dec. 16, 2014. Following this transaction, the President and CEO owned 1.9 million shares meaning that the stake was reduced by 1.06% with the 20,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $19.15, down $0.09, or 0.47% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Universal Insurance Holdings go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,500
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 55,021
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,500
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 129,021
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,500
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 201,021

The average volume for Universal Insurance Holdings has been 301,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Universal Insurance Holdings has a market cap of $679.1 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 32.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various property and casualty insurance products. It primarily underwrites homeowners' insurance products; and offers reinsurance intermediary brokerage services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.02%. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates Universal Insurance Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Universal Insurance Holdings as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Universal Insurance Holdings Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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Sanchez Energy (SN) - FREE Research Report

Garcia Gilbert A, who is Director at Sanchez Energy, bought 4,000 shares at $7.21 on Dec. 16, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 44,200 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 9.95% with the 4,000-share transaction.

Maher Sean M, who is Director at Sanchez Energy, bought 5,000 shares at $7.17 on Dec. 16, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 10,769 shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 86.67% with the 5,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $7.15, down $0.02, or 0.28% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Sanchez Energy go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 4-Week # shares sold: 722
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 12-Week # shares sold: 722
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 1,000
  • 24-Week # shares sold: 722

The average volume for Sanchez Energy has been 2.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sanchez Energy has a market cap of $407.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 73.56% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Sanchez Energy Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition, exploration, and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the onshore U.S. Gulf Coast. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2. Currently, there are 7 analysts who rate Sanchez Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services (LTS) - FREE Research Report

Gilinski Saul, who is Director at Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, bought 30,000 shares at $3.84 on Dec. 16, 2014. Following this transaction, the Director owned 1.4 million shares meaning that the stake was boosted by 2.16% with the 30,000-share transaction.

The shares most recently traded at $3.88, up $0.04, or 0.97% since the insider transaction. Historical insider transactions for Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services go as follows:

  • 4-Week # shares bought: 33,686
  • 12-Week # shares bought: 34,803
  • 24-Week # shares bought: 214,888

The average volume for Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services has been 479,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services has a market cap of $695.0 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 21.41% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides brokerage and advisory, investment banking, equity research, institutional sales and trading, asset management, and trust services. The company has a P/E ratio of 75.0. Currently, there is 1 analyst who rates Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Ratings Report from TheStreet Quant Ratings now.

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