Top Buys by Directors: Van Valer's $618.2K Bet on SJW

The directors of a company tend to have a unique inside view into the business, so when directors make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason a director of a company would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by company directors over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $618.2K invested across 2 purchases by Robert A. Van Valer, Director at SJW Corp. (SJW).

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Van Valer bets big on SJW:
Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
03/26/2015 Robert A. Van Valer Director 4,619 $30.51 $140,925.69
06/05/2015 Robert A. Van Valer Director 16,000 $29.83 $477,270.00

Van Valer's average cost works out to $29.98/share. Shares of SJW Corp. were changing hands at $30.65 at last check, trading up about 0.2% on Tuesday. The chart below shows the one year performance of SJW shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

SJW Corp. Chart

Looking at the chart above, SJW's low point in its 52 week range is $25.46 per share, with $35.67 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $30.65.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, SJW makes up 1.29% of the First Trust ISE Water Index Fund ETF ( FIW) which is trading higher by about 0.1% on the day Tuesday.

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