Strong Insider Buying Found in the Underlying Holdings of XOP

A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP) shows an impressive 30.4% of holdings on a weighted basis have experienced insider buying within the past six months.

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Sanchez Energy Corp. ( SN), which makes up 1.55% of the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP), has seen 3 directors and officers purchase shares in the past six months, according to the recent Form 4 data. The ETF holds a total of $16,178,354 worth of SN, making it the #4 largest holding. The table below details the recent insider buying activity observed at SN:

SN — last trade: $9.40 — Recent Insider Buys:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
12/15/2014 Alan G. Jackson Director 10,000 $6.88 $68,830.00
12/12/2014 Gilbert A. Garcia Director 4,000 $7.21 $28,856.00
12/15/2014 Alan G. Jackson Director 10,000 $6.88 $68,830.00
12/12/2014 Gilbert A. Garcia Director 4,000 $7.21 $28,856.00
12/12/2014 Sean M. Maher Director 5,000 $7.17 $35,850.00

And Approach Resources Inc ( AREX), the #5 largest holding among components of the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP), shows 2 directors and officers as recently filing Form 4's indicating purchases. The ETF holds $15,996,466 worth of AREX, which represents approximately 1.53% of the ETF's total assets at last check. The recent insider buying activity observed at AREX is detailed in the table below:

AREX — last trade: $6.98 — Recent Insider Buys:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
11/10/2014 Sheldon B. Lubar Director 10,000 $10.61 $106,100.00
11/13/2014 Vean J. Gregg III Director 10,000 $11.88 $118,800.00

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